Orders to Halt the Spread of the Nine Commentaries in China

By James Burke
James Burke
James Burke
September 29, 2005 Updated: July 18, 2020

When high profile Chinese defector Hao Fengjun fled to Australia in February of this year he brought with him an MP3 player which contained information about the operations of the 6-10 office (secret Chinese police) and its response to the spread of The Epoch Times special report Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party.

Hao’s lawyer, former ACT Attorney-General Bernard Collaery, told ABC’s Lateline in June that the information provided, from the files that the defector brought with him, was a “treasure trove” of information, part of which is evidence of the Chinese Government’s attempts to try and stop the spread of The Epoch Times‘ special report Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party in Tianjin City, China.

In the information Song Pingshun, the chairman of the Tianjin People’s Political Consultative and secretary of the Political and Legal Affairs Committee, ordered: “The municipal government decides that from the end of January to the end of March 2005, police departments across the city will crackdown on the Nine Commentaries under the code name of “1.24”.

The aim for this operation is to “firmly block the entry of and severely punish the spreading of any Nine Commentaries-related [material] in our city.”

The overall requirement was that “all levels of the police department must remain on high alert, plan carefully and make detailed arrangements”.

The document also demands that “all levels of police, public security, Internet monitoring groups, Special Tactics, domicile registration section, law offices, internal security bureaus, cultural relics protection units, offices of appeal, frontier defense offices, the customs revenue departments and customs offices as well as railway, airline and harbor police to co-operate in order to fully utilize each department and guarantee the completion of this special mission”.

James Burke
James Burke