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 by the Fascist government in 1922 as the Press Office of the Presidency of the Council, before being renamed to Press Office of the Head of Government in 1925. In 1934 it became the Secretariat for Press 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] it was the Italian analogue of the German Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda.

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

The Ministry was officially suppressed by the Kingdom of Italy on July 3, 1944, having remained vacant ever since the overthrow of Benito Mussolini in the 25 Luglio coup a year earlier. During the Italian Social Republic, Mussolini revived the Ministry of Popular Culture and appointed Ferdinando Mezzasoma as its head.

List of Ministers[edit]

Portrait Name
(Born–Died)
Took office Left office Time in office Political Party
Minister of Press and Propaganda
Galeazzo Ciano
Ciano, GaleazzoGaleazzo Ciano
(1903–1944)
23 June 193511 June 1936354 days Fascist Party
Dino Alfieri
Alfieri, DinoDino Alfieri
(1886–1966)
11 June 193627 May 1937350 days Fascist Party
Minister of Popular Culture
Dino Alfieri
Alfieri, DinoDino Alfieri
(1886–1966)
27 May 193731 October 19392 years, 157 days Fascist Party
Alessandro Pavolini
Pavolini, AlessandroAlessandro Pavolini
(1903–1945)
31 October 19396 February 19433 years, 98 days Fascist Party
Gaetano Polverelli [it]
Polverelli, GaetanoGaetano Polverelli [it]
(1886–1960)
6 February 194325 July 1943169 days Fascist Party
Fernando Mezzasoma
Mezzasoma, FernandoFernando Mezzasoma
(1907–1945)
23 September 194325 April 19451 year, 274 days Fascist Party

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