Magazine article Screen International

China to Abolish SAPPRFT as Part of Cabinet Restructure

Magazine article Screen International

China to Abolish SAPPRFT as Part of Cabinet Restructure

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SAPPRFT is the body that oversees censorship and other regulatory issues related to China’s film industry.

Xi Jinping

China plans to shut down the State Administration of Press, Publications, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) and set up a new regulatory body as part of a wide-ranging restructure of government bureaucracy.

According to a statement released today at the on-going National People’s Congress in Beijing, China plans to form a state radio and television administration under the State Council, which is effectively the cabinet of the Chinese Communist Party.

The new body will be responsible for “drafting policies and measures for radio and television management and their implementation, coordinating development of broadcasting undertakings and industries, promoting institutional reform in the sectors, importing radio and television programs, and facilitating the sectors to go global.”

The proposals were submitted today to China’s rubber-stamp parliament, the National People’s Congress, for deliberations. …

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