A magazine on religious liberty and human rights in China
Bitter Winter was launched in May 2018 as an online magazine on religious liberty and human rights in China published daily in eight languages by CESNUR, the Center for Studies on New Religions, headquartered in Torino, Italy. Scholars, journalists, and human rights activists from different countries are working together to give the voice for the voiceless by publishing news, documents, and testimonies about persecutions against all religions in China.
The unique feature of Bitter Winter is its network of several hundred correspondents in all Chinese provinces. At high risk for their security – some have been arrested – they report daily on what happens in China and how religions are treated or mistreated. They often supply exclusive photographs and videos.
Placed under the editorship of Massimo Introvigne, one of the most well-known scholars of religion internationally, Bitter Winter receives some of its reports directly from members of religious minorities and organizations persecuted in China. However, it is independent of any religious or political organization and is mostly the fruit of volunteer work, although donations are gladly accepted. Bitter Winter does not take positions on political issues and limits itself to the field of human rights.
Bitter Winter’s English-language edition is addressed to all the English-speaking countries.