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Sweeping new religious censorship in Uzbekistan

Catholic World News - February 19, 2014

Uzbekistan has enacted a sweeping new decree that tightens and formalizes its already strict religious censorship, according to the Forum 18 News Service.

Under the decree, the possession or distribution of materials encouraging people to change religions is banned, and religious literature cannot be distributed anywhere in the nation except at stores with cash registers.

Muslim pilgrims returning from Mecca will also have their bags searched for religious literature.

The Central Asian nation of 28.7 million is 88% Muslim and 9% Orthodox Christian; there are only 4,000 Catholics there.

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