Chinese paper mocked over phallic headquarters

May 04, 2013, 06:28 IST | Agencies

Unamused Chinese censors have been at work to stop people sniggering over the new Beijing headquarters of the People's Daily newspaper, which bears an unfortunate resemblance to part of the male anatomy.

Photos of the imposing tower, which is still under construction, had Internet users tittering away, especially given one of Beijing’s other landmarks — the China Central Television (CCTV) headquarters, nicknamed ‘The Big Underpants’.

Having a hard time: The unfortunately-shaped new office of the People’s Daily newspaper has left a lot of Internet users in laughter. Pic/AFP

Some comments about the new home for the Communist Party paper managed to sneak through. “Of course the national mouthpiece should be imposing,” said one user of Sina Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter.

“It seems the People’s Daily is going to rise up, there’s hope for the Chinese dream,” said another, referring to a political slogan that has been used in recent months to encourage
national pride and rejuvenation.

The People’s Daily is the official mouthpiece of the Chinese ruling party, whose vast propaganda and censorship machine tightly controls print, online and any other form of media.

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