Online Christian programs get deleted in China
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Users fear religious content being taken down because of government plans
Ximalaya FM homepage, the biggest audio and podcast platform in China has just deleted programs about 'foreign religions' leaving Christians frustrated. (Screengrab from www.ximalaya.com)
Christian users of a podcast website and mobile app in China fear the deletion of their online religious programs is part of a movement to suppress "foreign religions."
Across the country, Christians have reported the removal of religious programs from Ximalaya FM since Feb. 27 and many are concerned it is related to the State Administration for Religious Affairs plan for 2017 to strengthen the management of online religious output.
Paul, a Catholic layman in Hebei province, listened to and shared programs on Ximalaya including homilies, religious lectures and church news. "Most of the audio clips I shared from the site have been blocked and only very few remain," he told ucanews.com. "Someone asked Ximalaya what happened and they said they received notification from a higher level to block all religious content," Paul said.
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