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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Olympic-sized censorship in China

Karl Barth wrote beautiful prayers for journalists. He really believed in newspapers and getting the truth out. Tonight's NYTimes online edition reports that journalists who are in Beijing to cover the Olympics have not been able to access the Amnesty International website. This is outrageous. The Chinese government does not want the world to know how damaging the latest Amnesty report on their repression is. No organization is without its faults and limitations, but Amnesty International is surely doing the work of God. Here is the link:

http://olympics.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/07/29/officials-investigate-reports-of-censorship-at-olympic-press-center/index.html?hp

China is a country where Christian missionaries had a huge impact in the past and now, even after fifty years of Communism, their spiritual grandchildren are still bearing their witness and, if they belong to underground churches, suffering intense persecution. We in the West need to remember them.