Journalist Zhou Zhiyi (@周志懿) tweeted on Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter, the rumor that China’s two censorship organs, the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) and General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP) will merge as a part of the widely-expected reshuffling of China’s central bureaucracy. What will the merged entity be called? Zhou’s source at SARFT tell him it will be SARFTPP, which is unimaginative, cumbersome and unpronounceable in Chinese as well as in English.
In the comments section, China’s social media users have put forth other suggestions that may be more descriptive:
- Ministry of Media Control
- State Administration of Radio, Film, Television, Press, Publication, Chinese Intranet Management and Public Opinion Manipulation
- State Administration of Speech and Thought Control and Censorship
- Ministry of Truth and Harmony
- The Relevant Organ
Readers are invited to choose their favorite moniker–or offer a new one–in the comments section.