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Chiana threatens to restrict religious freedom of churches even more

A Chinese state-owned newspaper has accused churches and Catholic Cardinal Joseph Zen of inciting Hong Kong’s pro-democracy student protests in 2019, and the Chinese Communist Party may consider restricting religious freedom in the city.


A series of articles published in Ta Kung Pao, a Hong Kong newspaper owned by China’s liaison office, accuses Christian clergy and churches of encouraging the pro-democracy movement and defending demonstrators involved in protests against repressive measures in 2019, prominent religious freedom lawyer and scholar Nina Shea has warned. 

The articles suggest a need for greater control over Hong Kong by the CPP, Shea, the director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom, wrote in an op-ed published by the anti-communist Epoch Times. 

The four articles, she says, “resemble a denunciation campaign of the kind portending a new crackdown” by the CCP.


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