Han Lianchao, a former employee of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs posted a screenshot on Twitter of a notice from the Publicity Department of the party committee of the Beijing International Studies University. His comment indicated that the CCP will impose large-scale censorship and monitoring of Twitter, YouTube and Facebook accounts overseas.
Below is the translation of the notice:
Notice to Collect Foreign Self-Media Account Setup by Student and Faculty Members
Based on the requirement from the Publicity Department of the City of Beijing, in order to do well in promoting China’s image overseas and to “Tell China’s Story Well,” we are here to collect foreign self-media account(s) that students and faculty members have set up. Below are the detailed requirements:
1. This requirement applies to all levels within the university and the affiliated schools, as well as the graduate research institute. Each unit should appoint one person to collect foreign self-media account(s) that students and faculty members have set up. It must have used the real name of each individual. There are two forms to fill out: a foreign self-media account collection form and a foreign self-media account collection consolidated form. Foreign self-media include but are not limited to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, and Buzzfeed.
2. Each unit should forward the forms to the person in charge for signature and a stamp seal. The original signed hard copy of the consolidated form should be submitted to the university’s publicity department by April 21 at 5:00pm while the unit can retain the individual account collection form.
3. The foreign self-media account collection work starts effective immediately. If there are any questions, please contact our department for more information.
Contact: Ma Xianchao
Address: Room 230, Ming De Building
Communist Party Publicity Department
April 20, 2020
Beijing International Studies University Foreign Self-media Account Collection Form
Beijing International Studies University Foreign Self-media Account Collection Consolidated Form
Source: Twitter, April 25, 2020
— 韩连潮 (@lianchaohan) April 25, 2020