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Provinces in China are to issue online license for religious activities

On March 1, the Chinese government officially placed a ban on unauthorized online religious activities. Any religious group seeking to conduct religious activities online cannot do so without obtaining a license issued by the government.


With Jiangsu province’s recent announcement that the Internet religious information service license examination will be launched in mid-March, all provinces in China have successively begun the licensing work.

Even before the Administrative Measures for Internet Religious Information Services, the legal basis for such ban came into force on March 1, the Ethnic and Religious Affairs Committee of Zhejiang Province announced on Feb. 28 that the licensing of internet religious information services in the whole province would start as soon as March comes.

Its notice reads, “The legal person organization or unincorporated organization that intends to engage in Internet religious information service shall apply to the Ethnic and Religious Affairs Committee of Zhejiang Province, which will make a decision of approval or disapproval within 20 days from the date of accepting the application.”


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