Signs that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has intensified its censorship on religious books, videos and audios before July 1st, the 100th anniversary of CCP, have abounded, according to ChinaAid, which exposes abuses in order to stand in solidarity with the persecuted and promote religious freedom, human rights, and rule of law for believers in China.
Recently, a primary school teacher (last name: Hou) from Chengde Elementary School (in Qingyun County) sent a WeChat group message to parents, notifying them that the CCP forbids students to read religious books, currently categorized as reactionary publications.
In an article put out by ChinaAid, by Yubing, ChinaAid Special Correspondent, the ministry says the teacher sent the following notice to parents: “Please check all books (and videos, audios) that Xinhua Publishing House did not publish to identify religious books, reactionary books, and foreign books (imported foreign books, photocopies of imported foreign books, and translated foreign books).”
A translation of the message reveals the following Requirements:
“1. The dean of each grade oversees teachers of the corresponding grade. The head teacher of each class monitors the students of the class. Be sure to thoroughly check [inventories] and not miss any offenses. 2. Pay special attention to book corners [stores] and libraries. 3.Complete the checkup by June 21 (next Monday), and reply in the group in this format. 4. Please pay special attention to this political task.”
ChinaAid says reports appear to infer that this “political task” applies not only to Chengde Elementary School, but that other schools may also have received such a notice, including those in the Qingyun County, and Shandong Province. Usually, publicity department personnel, not teachers, send this type of notice to local education commissions, and in turn, they forward the notice to all schools.
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SOURCE: Assist News Service, Michael Ireland