10/15/2022 China (International Christian Concern) – Under China’s new religious information law, many state-sanctioned Three-Self churches have begun to set up their own websites and Apps.
The “Administrative Measures for Internet Religious Information Services” began to come into effect as early as March 1 of this year. Came September 1, these measures are fully implemented across the country.
The new laws, comprised of five chapters and thirty-six articles, stipulate that online preaching and the sharing of religious content can only be organized and performed by religious groups that have obtained the “Internet Religious Information Service License” from the state.
China Christian Daily reports that although many Three-Self churches have obtained such permits, some of their articles and notifications released on WeChat have been deleted. As a result, a great number of churches have started to build their own websites or develop their own Apps.
For instance, churches in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, and Lanzhou, Gansu province, released their new App and website, respectively, to serve their Christian audience.
Meanwhile, websites managed by house churches continue to be targeted and banned. In April, a well-known Christian site had to close before the government acts on them.
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