International Christian Concern, 29 April 2022 (excerpts)
A Christian website in China with more than 20 years of history has ceased to exist recently amid the ongoing crackdown against Christianity in cyberspace.
On April 12, “Jona(h) Home” published a notice on its website, which reads “Due to reasons known to everyone, from now on our site can no longer serve brothers and sisters in Christ. Thanks to all for your company and support in the past 21 years!”
It continues, “The disappearance of a website is merely a disappearance of a website, it does not carry any meaning. Need not to be concerned, and just keep walking.”
While no one dared to mention the crackdown of the government, some responded, “[The closure] has nothing to do with your laptop. You should know the reason.”
On March 1, the Chinese government officially placed a ban on unauthorized online religious activities. Even before the ban was put in place, Bible Apps and many Christian WeChat accounts were shut down in China.
Father Francis Liu from the Chinese Christian fellowship told Radio Free Asia, “I feel sad from the bottom of my heart about the closure of such a website. Certainly, this is the most direct result of how China is currently persecuting and oppressing religious freedom.”