Communist China to Censor Religious Content on the Web
New CPP censorship rules to be implemented next year
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has announced it will implement efforts to restrict the spreading of religious content online.
The new measures will include a stipulation that any reference to religion on the web is illegal unless the sender possesses an “Internet Religious Information Service License.”
Users without a license may not share images or comments on “religious ceremonies such as worshiping Buddha, burning incense, taking ordination, chanting, worship, mass, and baptisms,” according to the provision.
Xi Jinping argued that the internet is being used to share religious content to win over converts, which is forbidden, Bitter Winter reported.
As Brietbart reported:
Only members of the five authorized religions may apply for an Internet Religious Information Service License, since other religions are considered illegal, yet even those who are granted a license will be subject to surveillance and restrictions.
Sermons or lessons broadcasted over the internet, for instance, will be checked by authorities to make sure their content is “Sinicized” and promotes Socialist values in support of the Communist Party.
Article 3 declares:
Engaging in Internet religious information services shall abide by the Constitution, laws, regulations, and rules, practice the core socialist values, adhere to the principle of independence and self-management of religions in China, adhere to the direction of the Sinicization of religions in China, and actively guide religions to adapt to socialist society, to maintain religious harmony, social harmony, and national harmony.
Since minors are not permitted to be exposed to religious content, anyone attempting to make content available to children will have his license revoked.
“Overseas organizations or individuals, even if resident in China, are not allowed to engage in Internet religious information services in China,” the regulations specifically declare.
The Administrative Measures were promulgated by the State Administration of Religious Affairs, the National Internet Information Office, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the Ministry of Public Security, and the Ministry of National Security.
Last year, Neon Nettle reported:
China has ordered Christian churches to remove religious quotes and imagery and replace them with those of the Chinese government to "spread Communist Party principles," according to reports.
The new draconian rules for religious groups are set to go into place across China and will require that they use their religion to help promote the ruling Communist Party.
The new laws were promulgated on December 30 by the totalitarian Chinese government.