China Brings All Filmmaking Under Control of Communist Party ‘Publicity Department’

WEIFANG, SHANDONG PROVINCE, CHINA - 2016/08/30: Customers buy film ticket in a Wanda IMAX cinema. Wanda Cinema Line, Chinas biggest movie-theater operator, is expanding cooperation with U.S. company MediaMation and South Koreas CJ4D Plex to build over 100 new 4D cinemas in China. (Photo by Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The ruling Chinese Communist Party (CPC) has announced that all filmmaking regulation will be brought under the jurisdiction of the party’s “Publicity Department,” in a move that could further tighten restrictions on free artistic expression.

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