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New Internet rules could strangle religion

HONG KONG (UCAN): China has been accused of trying to strangle religion after the State Administration for Religious Affairs published draft measures to administer the distribution of religious information on the Internet on September 10. The deadline for comments is October 9.
 
One network administrator described the measures as “an all-around strangulation” that aims to strictly control religions from real life to the online world, making evangelisation more difficult.
 

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Authorities seek to disqualify Chinese priest

SHAN XI (UCAN): Chinese religious affairs officials have recommended that a priest be disqualified for leading a pilgrimage.
 
Observers said it was believed to be the first such case under new religious regulations that came into effect nationwide on February 1.
 
The Bureau of Ethnic and Religious Affairs maintained that the priest acted in contradiction of religious Sinicization that aims to supplant outside influences with Chinese cultural and social norms.
 

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