Something occurs to me...
It was meant to be an indictment of the civil rights issues which an oppressive government engenders, but the government has contempt for the everyday man; they are unimportant, their activities largely unmonitored. The protagonist of the tale is only of importance because he is a party member.
I'm thinking of the fact that in China, things keep happening relating to Tienanmen Square, such as a sympathy ad (illegal) getting into the paper because a clerk was unaware of the significance of the date.
I think this makes clear you cannot suppress information; in order to successfully suppress it, those in control have to know what it is it's supposed to be suppressing.
Democracy isn't a guard against oppression because the majority will never experience it.