China closes social media account of Church-run Radio Veritas Asia’s Mandarin service

The social media WeChat account of Radio Veritas Asia’s Mandarin service has been shut down by Chinese authorities, said a Catholic priest who works in the Church-run organization.

The account was reportedly closed on May 10.

The priest who asked not to be named for reasons of security told that “for a long time” Chinese authorities “have been paying attention to our social media.”

He said the media organization’s WeChat account has been influential in Chinese-speaking churches overseas.

“We made various attempts and wrote to WeChat hoping to recover our account, but WeChat told us that our account violated relevant Chinese religious laws and regulations,” said the priest.

He said the social company said the account will not be recovered and is “permanently closed.”

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