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Censorship in the People's Republic of China

Usually, this type of censorship is mainly used to prevent political conflicts from happening within the social environment. Usually, people are allowed to talk about politics on the internet, but certain websites containing anti-government material would be blocked. Some censorship in China has been justified as upholding proper morals. This includes limitations on pornography and violence in films.

Religious

Though government tolerance of religion has improved since the end of the [Cultural Revolution] , a number of religious texts, publications, and materials are still banned or have their distributions artificially limited in the PRC. Foreign citizens are also prohibited from [proselytizing] in China.

The [Falun Gong] spiritual movement has been labeled an "evil cult" in China and virtually all religious texts, publications, and websites relating to the group have been banned.

[Christian] [Bible] s are allowed to be printed in China but only in limited numbers and through a single press.

In 2007, anticipating the coming "Year of the Pig" in the [Chinese calendar] , depictions of pigs were banned from [CCTV] "to avoid conflicts with ethnic minorities". This is believed to refer to China's population of 20 million [Muslim] s (to whom pigs are considered " [unclean] ").

Economic

In recent years, censorship in China has been accused of being used not only for political protectionism but also for [economic protectionism] .

In February 2007, the website of the French organization Observatoire International des Crises was banned in the PRC after it posted an article on the risks of trading with China.

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