Ministry of Popular Culture

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The Ministry of Popular Culture (Italian: Ministero della Cultura Popolare, commonly abbreviated to MinCulPop) was a ministry of the Italian government from 1937 to 1944. It was established in 1933 as the Secretariat for Press and Propaganda, which was intended to be the Italian analogue of the German Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda. It became a ministry in 1935 and was given its definitive designation in 1937.[1] During its existence, it controlled most of the literary and radio channels in Italy.[2]

The Ministry famously outlawed the importation and translation of all American comic books, with the lone exception of Mickey Mouse, in 1938.[3]

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