Rachel Lu

Ministry of Truth and Harmony? Chinese Web Users Crowdsource Re-naming of Top Censor

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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.

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Rachel Lu

Rachel Lu is a co-founder of Tea Leaf Nation. Rachel traces her ancestry to Southern China. She spent much of her childhood memorizing Chinese poetry. After long stints in New York, New Haven and Cambridge, she has returned to China to bear witness to its great transformation. She is currently based in China.
  • Non

    MORG – Ministry of Respected General

  • KL

    SAM (Stae Administration for Media), and so we can have “Uncle SAM” as the source of all our evils.