Wednesday, 7 February 2007

Survey finds 300m China believers
BBC, 7 Feb 2007

A survey by the East China Normal University in Shanghai showed that 31.4% of people above age 16 consider themselves religious, suggesting 300 million people nationwide could be religious, compared to the official figure of 100 million. Of this 300m, 200m are Buddhists, Taoists or worshippers of legendary figures. The survey also showed a significant rise in Christianity, 12% of all believers, or 40m, compared to the official figure of 16m in 2005. Also, the average age of religious believers has fallen, with two-thirds aged 16-39.

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Sunday, 4 February 2007

Madonna DVD banned here - Cross scene could be reason,4139,122654,00.html
Electric New Paper (4 Feb 07)

IF you are a Madonna fan waiting for her Confessions Tour on DVD, forget it.

The DVD has been banned here.

The New Paper understands it is because of a controversial mock crucifixion that the 48-year-old singer (left, performing in Amsterdam) staged during her world tour last year.

She performed the song Live To Tell suspended from a cross while wearing a crown of thorns.
When we contacted Warner Music Singapore, its marketing manager, Mr Simon Nasser, said the Media Development Authority has not approved the DVD's release.

MDA could not be reached for comment at press time.

The DVD had its worldwide release on 29 and 30 Jan.

Mr Nasser said Warner Music had submitted it for approval last month.

The application and a subsequent appeal were rejected.

'We were asked to remove the cross scene in the video but Warner Singapore does not have the rights from Madonna's management to do that,' he said.

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