Written by: Sun Kairui
Article source: bitterwinter.org

Any books and printed materials not approved by the regime are confiscated, and religious periodicals are prohibited from being published and distributed.

Starting from April 2018, the Chinese government banned the sale of Bibles and other religious materials that are not sanctioned by the regime and started closing down stores that sell them. Since then, people of faith can purchase religious texts only from state-run organizations, while censorship measures are tightened on religious texts as part of the nationwide campaign to “eradicate pornography and illegal publications.”

Religious books from abroad, magazines and hymn books published by printing houses that are not approved by the state, even gospel leaflets have been included on the list of materials to be confiscated, people banned from having them under the threat of punishment.

In October, a House Church

See House Churches.

“>house church preacher was investigated by the police for having purchased online a Christian book published by a US publishing house three years ago. He was treated as a criminal: police officers took photos of him and collected his fingerprints. Not only his book was confiscated, but data on his cellphone was inspected as well. The preacher was warned not to buy religious materials that are not approved by the state.

“The police tracked him down by investigating his activities online. Such monitoring of citizens’ purchases on the internet is widespread in China,” a government source explained to Bitter Winter.

A couple from the Prefecture-level City

(地級市). One of the 294 main units of the second level, the Prefectural Level, of the administrative division of China. It is constituted by a city and the surrounding rural areas.

“>prefecture-level city of Taizhou in the eastern Province