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真理部 (zhēn lǐ bù): Ministry of Truth

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The “Ministry of Truth” refers collectively to the Central Propaganda Department, the Internet Affairs Office of the State Council Information Office (SCIO) and all other subordinate bodies involved in propaganda controls.

The Central Propaganda Department ensures that media and cultural content follow the official line as mandated by the Chinese Communist Party. Below the Central Propaganda Department is the State Council Information Office (SCIO), which in turn manages the Internet Affairs Bureau, responsible for overseeing all websites that publish news. The Internet Affairs Bureau sends out specific instructions to all large news websites daily, often multiple times per day. These instructions can take several forms: they may be directives to not report a certain event, to restrict reporting to Xinhua News wires or to not “play up” a certain event.

The “Ministry of Truth” has its origin in George Orwell’s novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, in which Ministry’s mission is to rewrite history and manufacture “truth.”

China Digital Times publishes leaked “directives” from the “Ministry of Truth.”

“Masthead” for Directives from the Ministry of Truth. “War is peace; freedom is slavery; ignorance is power.”

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