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65-year-old GIO to shut as result of restructuring

TAIPEI--Taiwan's Government Information Office (GIO) will disappear on May 20 as part of a government restructuring project after operating for 65 years, officials said yesterday.

The office's functions, which have included supervising the filmmaking and publishing sectors, promoting Taiwan, and presenting the government's point of view on public issues, will be merged into other government agencies.

The GIO's departments responsible for broadcasting, motion pictures, and publications will become part of a new Ministry of Culture.

Its International Information Department will be folded into the Ministry of Foreign Affairs while its Domestic Information Department will fall under the direct jurisdiction of the Cabinet.

The agency's chiefs have traditionally served as the main government spokesman, a role that will be assumed by a ranking Cabinet official in the future.

GIO officials are now preparing a farewell party and compiling commemorative books.

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