Zhang Weiqing (张维庆), former director of the family planning commission or Minister of National Population and Family Planning Commission of China (NPFPC), now a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) standing committee, criticized “unhealthy trends” (歪风) within the officialdom during a discussion of the government work report. Having been a high-ranking official himself for twenty years, beginning with a post as a provincial vice-governor, speaking the truth had become more and more difficult. Channels of communication were not open, leaders didn’t listen to the truth, and officialdom acted on non-existing or hidden rules. What was said and what was done were different stories (官员说的和做的不一样), and officials were afraid of speaking the truth, fearing it could endanger themselves politically, and the problem had to be solved from the top.
Zhang graduated from the Philosophy Department of Peking University, and served as secretary of Communist Youth League of China (CYLC) Baode Country Committee, Shanxi Province before 1975.
[For the last line, I'm not sure if Zhang demands solutions from the top, or if he criticized expectations that the solution had to come from the top of the hierarchy.]
Even newspapers generated countless lies, portly (or without hesitation) screening readers’ perceptions (堂而皇之地遮蔽人们的视听).
Southern Metropolis Daily adds that while speaking the truth becomes more difficult, within the officialdom and within society, it doesn’t use its value. The only way to overcome lies was to speak the truth.