Authorities offer $1,000 cash prize for reports on ‘illegal’ religious activities

Plainclothes authorities film Christians
during a raid on one of Guiyang’s house
churches in this undated photo.
(Photo: ChinaAid)


(Guiyang, Guizhou—July 1, 2019) Authorities in Guiyang, the capital of China’s Guizhou province, are incentivizing local residents to report religious activities by offering them up to around $1,000.

People will receive the cash reward if they report on “suspicious illegal religious sites and activities,” including churches that meet without registering with the government. Such churches are considered illegal inside of China, but many choose not to register in order to avoid the censorship imposed by the Chinese Communist Party on registered churches.

Similar rewards have been given out in other areas of China for reports on “illegal” religious activities.

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