Recently, Chinese authorities across several provinces and cities rolled out programs to reward citizens with up to 100,000 yuan (approximately $14,300) for reporting Falun Gong adherents’ activities to local police. Some governments said the program is in effect for three years.
Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a mind and body cultivation practice with moral teachings centered on truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance. In July 1999, as the number of adherents reached about 100 million, the communist regime deemed its popularity a threat to its rule and launched a sprawling persecution campaign. Hundreds of thousands of adherents have since been arrested, detained, and tortured within China’s jails and prisons.