China Censors Bad Economic News Amid Signs of Slower Growth

A government directive sent to journalists in China on Friday named six economic topics to be “managed,” according to a copy of the order that was reviewed by The New York Times.

The list of topics includes:

■ Worse-than-expected data that could show the economy is slowing.

■ Local government debt risks.

■ The impact of the trade war with the United States.

■ Signs of declining consumer confidence

■ The risks of stagflation, or rising prices coupled with slowing economic growth

■ “Hot-button issues to show the difficulties of people’s lives.”