PRC Websites Censor Cremation Data

 On July 17, 2023, the PRC media outlet Caixin published an article titled "In the First Quarter of 2023, the Number of Cremated Remains in Zhejiang Province Increased by 72.7% Year-on-Year." These screenshots show that it was censored the following day.

An excerpt:

The Civil Affairs Department of Zhejiang Province recently disclosed relevant data on its official website.

The Provincial Department of Civil Affairs previously disclosed that in the first quarters of 2020, 2021, and 2022, the number of cremated remains in the province was 88,300, 93,000, and 99,000, respectively.

The Civil Affairs Department of Zhejiang Province recently disclosed various data for the first quarter of 2023 on its official website. Among them, the number of cremated remains recorded in the funeral service column was 171,000, a year-on-year increase of 72.7%.

Judging from the total number of cremated remains in the years 2019 to 2021, the number of cremated remains in Zhejiang Province was 326,800, 326,000, and 337,000 respectively, with no significant change. On February 10, 2023, the Zhejiang Civil Affairs Department website announced the province's data for the fourth quarter of 2022, but the data on cremated remains was vacant, so the total for 2022 cannot be counted.

The article was reprinted on, and censored from, other websites as well:

财新 向凯
2023年07月17日 16:16






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