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China scraps SAPPRFT, tightening grip on online media

An initial plan for a major change to China’s media industry was submitted this week by the country’s State Council cabinet, proposing a reform to scrap China’s cable ministry, the State Administration of Press and Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT), which has been responsible for handling all video and communications matters since 2013, and its predecessor for a long time before that. The reshuffle is a sign of how much the industry has progressed in just five years, in a move to stiffen up the country’s internet defenses as foreign media continues to find a way into everyday life. Restructuring China’s cabinet provides a rare insight into the usually unassailable walled garden of dealings, censorship and propaganda in the…

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