Major Chinese Media Deletes Yearend Special Featuring Those Who Passed Away in 2023

Prominent figures included whistleblowers of SARS and the AIDS outbreaks.Caixin, a Bejing-based major Chinese media group considered pro-reform, had their articles deleted one after another at the end of 2023. The deletion of its yearend special particularly got wide attention for representing the public’s voice which has been suppressed by the communist regime, experts pointed out.Hu Shuli, the owner of Caixin was allegedly interviewed by the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s national security agency.On the last day of 2023, Caixin published its yearend special “2023 Final Farewell,” featuring prominent figures worldwide who passed away in 2023. The article was deleted on the same day without giving any reason. However, many media reposted it, and its screenshots have been circulating on social media.The article featured some big photos of high-ranking CCP officials and prominent political figures, including former CCP’s premier Li Keqiang and former U.S. Secretary Henry Kissinger, who played a key role in the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and communist China. Most of the famous people who passed away are in the middle with small photos or just names listed in one picture.However, what’s attracted significant media attention are the few people also featured in big photos at the end of the article who are deemed sensitive by the regime, including SARS epidemic whistleblower Dr. Jiang Yanyong; AIDS epidemic whistleblower Dr. Gao Yaojie; Zhu Ling, a victim of a high-profile poisoning case related to former CCP top officials; and pro-democracy law scholar Jiang Ping.Dr. Jiang Yanyong, 2003 SARS WhistleblowerMilitary surgeon Jiang Yanyong is seen in a hotel room in Beijing on Feb. 9, 2004. (AP Photo)Dr. Jiang Yanyong, the whistleblower of the SARS epidemic in China, a viral respiratory disease caused by a SARS-associated coronavirus, and a retired doctor from the CCP military General Hospital (a.k.a. Beijing 301 Hospital), passed away on March 11 at the age of 91. He revealed the truth about the SARS epidemic in 2003 in China to the world.Related Stories12/22/202312/12/2023When the SARS epidemic broke out in China in 2003, the CCP covered up the true scale of it. On April 3, 2003, Zhang Wenkang, the then Minister of Health, claimed that “there are only 12 cases of SARS in Beijing and 3 deaths. SARS in China has been effectively controlled.”Dr. Jiang knew that the real data was much higher than the figures provided by Mr. Zhang, and the national SARS epidemic had reached a very serious level at that time.The next day, he gave the related information to Chinese state media CCTV 4 and Phoenix TV, but had been ignored by them. Afterward, he revealed what he knew about the truth of the outbreak in interviews given to the American media, making the epidemic known to the world. He said in one of the interviews with Chinese media Southern People Weekly: “For doctors, seeking truth from facts is the most basic requirement, so we must insist on telling the truth.”Afterward, Dr. Jiang was kidnapped by the regime’s national security several times and put under house arrest. The authorities also banned him from traveling abroad to visit relatives and denied him medical treatment.In February 2004, Dr. Jiang wrote public letters to the CCP’s National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, calling for a redress of the 1989 student democracy movement, which was labeled a “riot” and was brutally suppressed by the regime’s military. Countless unarmed college students and citizens who were protesting were killed by the military on June 4, 1989.In March 2015, Dr. Jiang Yanyong revealed in an interview with Hong Kong Cable TV that unauthorized organ transplants and the sale of organs from executed prisoners were common in Chinese military hospitals. It’s a highly sensitive topic for the CCP, as the regime has been accused of systematically harvesting organs forcibly from detained prisoners of conscience, including Falun Gong adherents, a faith group following the principles of truth, compassion, and forbearance. The illegal operations have been mainly done in military hospitals and major general hospitals.When Dr. Jiang passed away, the authorities ordered Dr. Jiang’s family not to open the farewell service to the public, not to accept flower baskets from the public, and not to accept interviews by the media.Currently, China is experiencing another massive wave of pneumonia outbreaks. The CCP continues to conceal the truth and data of the outbreak, following the same practice in the COVID-19 pandemic. Some suspect it’s another COVID-19 outbreak.Dr. Gao Yaojie, AIDS Epidemic WhistleblowerThis undated photo shows retired doctor Gao Yaojie, 74, (R) applying medicine to a villager's arm as she helps people from neglected AIDS villages in the central China province of Henan. (STR/AFP via Getty Images)Dr. Gao Yaojie, a Chinese dissident who was in exile in the United

Major Chinese Media Deletes Yearend Special Featuring Those Who Passed Away in 2023

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Prominent figures included whistleblowers of SARS and the AIDS outbreaks.

Caixin, a Bejing-based major Chinese media group considered pro-reform, had their articles deleted one after another at the end of 2023. The deletion of its yearend special particularly got wide attention for representing the public’s voice which has been suppressed by the communist regime, experts pointed out.

Hu Shuli, the owner of Caixin was allegedly interviewed by the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s national security agency.

On the last day of 2023, Caixin published its yearend special “2023 Final Farewell,” featuring prominent figures worldwide who passed away in 2023. The article was deleted on the same day without giving any reason. However, many media reposted it, and its screenshots have been circulating on social media.
The article featured some big photos of high-ranking CCP officials and prominent political figures, including former CCP’s premier Li Keqiang and former U.S. Secretary Henry Kissinger, who played a key role in the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and communist China. Most of the famous people who passed away are in the middle with small photos or just names listed in one picture.

However, what’s attracted significant media attention are the few people also featured in big photos at the end of the article who are deemed sensitive by the regime, including SARS epidemic whistleblower Dr. Jiang Yanyong; AIDS epidemic whistleblower Dr. Gao Yaojie; Zhu Ling, a victim of a high-profile poisoning case related to former CCP top officials; and pro-democracy law scholar Jiang Ping.

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Dr. Jiang Yanyong, 2003 SARS Whistleblower

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Military surgeon Jiang Yanyong is seen in a hotel room in Beijing on Feb. 9, 2004. (AP Photo)
Military surgeon Jiang Yanyong is seen in a hotel room in Beijing on Feb. 9, 2004. (AP Photo)

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Dr. Jiang Yanyong, the whistleblower of the SARS epidemic in China, a viral respiratory disease caused by a SARS-associated coronavirus, and a retired doctor from the CCP military General Hospital (a.k.a. Beijing 301 Hospital), passed away on March 11 at the age of 91. He revealed the truth about the SARS epidemic in 2003 in China to the world.

When the SARS epidemic broke out in China in 2003, the CCP covered up the true scale of it. On April 3, 2003, Zhang Wenkang, the then Minister of Health, claimed that “there are only 12 cases of SARS in Beijing and 3 deaths. SARS in China has been effectively controlled.”

Dr. Jiang knew that the real data was much higher than the figures provided by Mr. Zhang, and the national SARS epidemic had reached a very serious level at that time.

The next day, he gave the related information to Chinese state media CCTV 4 and Phoenix TV, but had been ignored by them. Afterward, he revealed what he knew about the truth of the outbreak in interviews given to the American media, making the epidemic known to the world. He said in one of the interviews with Chinese media Southern People Weekly: “For doctors, seeking truth from facts is the most basic requirement, so we must insist on telling the truth.”

Afterward, Dr. Jiang was kidnapped by the regime’s national security several times and put under house arrest. The authorities also banned him from traveling abroad to visit relatives and denied him medical treatment.

In February 2004, Dr. Jiang wrote public letters to the CCP’s National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, calling for a redress of the 1989 student democracy movement, which was labeled a “riot” and was brutally suppressed by the regime’s military. Countless unarmed college students and citizens who were protesting were killed by the military on June 4, 1989.

In March 2015, Dr. Jiang Yanyong revealed in an interview with Hong Kong Cable TV that unauthorized organ transplants and the sale of organs from executed prisoners were common in Chinese military hospitals. It’s a highly sensitive topic for the CCP, as the regime has been accused of systematically harvesting organs forcibly from detained prisoners of conscience, including Falun Gong adherents, a faith group following the principles of truth, compassion, and forbearance. The illegal operations have been mainly done in military hospitals and major general hospitals.

When Dr. Jiang passed away, the authorities ordered Dr. Jiang’s family not to open the farewell service to the public, not to accept flower baskets from the public, and not to accept interviews by the media.

Currently, China is experiencing another massive wave of pneumonia outbreaks. The CCP continues to conceal the truth and data of the outbreak, following the same practice in the COVID-19 pandemic. Some suspect it’s another COVID-19 outbreak.

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Dr. Gao Yaojie, AIDS Epidemic Whistleblower

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This undated photo shows retired doctor Gao Yaojie, 74, (R) applying medicine to a villager's arm as she helps people from neglected AIDS villages in the central China province of Henan. (STR/AFP via Getty Images)
This undated photo shows retired doctor Gao Yaojie, 74, (R) applying medicine to a villager's arm as she helps people from neglected AIDS villages in the central China province of Henan. (STR/AFP via Getty Images)

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Dr. Gao Yaojie, a Chinese dissident who was in exile in the United States, died in New York on Dec. 10, at the age of 95. The CCP’s official media have been silent about Dr. Gao’s passing.

Dr. Gas was known for revealing to the nation and the world in 1996 the illegal paid blood transfusions and donations business run and backed by local CCP authorities that caused the widespread of AIDS in rural areas of Henan Province, infecting tens of millions of innocent villagers and the emergence of countless “AIDS villages,” most of whom have died.

Since then, she was monitored and persecuted by the CCP. In 2009, she was forced to flee to the United States, as the regime tried to silence her and take away all the evidence she collected on the AIDS epidemic. She had lived in a small government apartment in New York and was cared for by caregivers. She wrote 3 books about the man-made AIDS disaster in China, published in both Chinese and English.

She wrote in her memoir: “Because I want to tell the truth to the world.” “At the age of 82, in order to tell the truth about AIDS in China, I was forced to leave my country and live alone in New York, USA, for more than ten years.”

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Zhu Ling, Victim of a High-Profile Cold Case

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Thallium poisoning victim Zhu Ling. (public domain)
Thallium poisoning victim Zhu Ling. (public domain)

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Zhu Ling, a victim of “thallium poisoning” at Tsinghua University, passed away on Dec. 22, at the age of 50. The news topped Chinese social platforms on Dec.23, triggering public fury with people calling for justice for her.

Ms. Zhu, a native of Beijing, was admitted to Tsinghua University in 1992. She was deliberately poisoned twice with the deadly chemical thallium in 1994 and 1995. She survived but suffered lifelong damage, such as general paralysis, severe brain damage, and blindness.

Ms. Zhu’s roommate and classmate Sun Wei was the only suspect in the case and was interviewed by the police, and her motive was believed to be jealousy. However, the Beijing police were ordered to suspend the investigation and drop the case.

Ms. Sun’s grandfather, Sun Yueqi, was the vice chairman of the Revolutionary Central Committee of the Kuomintang in the CCP’s congress. He knew the background of the former CCP leader Jiang Zemin’s traitor family background during the Japanese invasion of China in World War II, which Jiang wanted to conceal. Jiang Shijun, Jiang’s father, was a former official of Wang Jingwei’s puppet government in Nanjing. Jiang Zemin also studied at a collaborator’s university and participated in a Japanese spy training class. It was reported that Mr. Sun asked Jiang Zeming who was the CCP’s leader then to protect his granddaughter Sun Wei. Jiang Zemin promised Mr. Sun: “As long as I, Jiang Zemin, is alive, your granddaughter will not go to jail.”

Ms. Sun fled to the United States afterward and changed her name to Sun Shiyan (Jasmine Sun). After people in the United States launched a petition on change.org to investigate and deport Ms. Sun for her crime, she fled to Australia.

Ms. Zhu died without justice being done for her, drawing empathy from the public.

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Other Sensitive Deaths

Jiang Ping, a well-known Chinese legal scholar who is also featured in a big photo in Caixin’s special, passed away on Dec. 19, 2023, at the age of 94. He was a retired law professor at China University of Political Science and Law and the former president of the university. He was respected as “the conscience of the Chinese legal community.” Mr. Jiang said that his biggest dream in life was to see the “rule of law” in the world, however, he didn’t see it realized, living in the communist dictatorship country of China.

Mr. Jiang was persecuted by the CCP during the anti-rightist movement in 1950s. In 1989, he supported the student democratic movement and protected students, and because of that, he was dismissed from the post of president of the University of Political Science and Law.

Another photo in the Caixin’s yearend special that attracts attention is the one that has the list of 40 CCP academicians who died in 2023, the group that has the most deaths in the yearend special. The causes of death of many of them were not publicized.

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Workers in protective gear handle a coffin at Dongjiao Funeral Parlor, reportedly designated to handle COVID-19 fatalities, in Beijing on Dec. 19, 2022. (Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Workers in protective gear handle a coffin at Dongjiao Funeral Parlor, reportedly designated to handle COVID-19 fatalities, in Beijing on Dec. 19, 2022. (Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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Since the massive wave of COVID-19 in China in late December 2022 and in January 2023, many CCP members, officials, as well as experts, scholars, and celebrities in various fields who support the CCP have died of illness suddenly.

Mr. Li Hongzhi, founder of the spiritual practice Falun Gong, told The Epoch Times on Aug. 26, 2023, that the virus that causes COVID-19 is directed at the CCP, along with those who blindly follow the Party, defend it, and devote their lives to it.

At the onset of the pandemic in March 2020, Mr. Li described plagues as an inevitability when moral values deteriorate.

Mr. Li’s advice is that people “stay far away from the evil CCP and don’t align with [it] because … its behavior and actions are thuggish, and it stops at no evil.”

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People Refuse to Be Silenced

Meanwhile, well-known current affairs commentator Wu Zulai revealed on social media X that Caixin’s founder Hu Shuli was interviewed by the CCP’s national security agents from Beijing while on a business trip in Shanghai in recent days.

Feng Chongyi, associate professor at the University of Technology, Sydney, told The Epoch Times that in the harsh environment that lacks freedom of speech under the CCP’s censorship, “Hu Shuli worked hard to safeguard her right to speak. She has the backbone of a traditional Chinese scholar-official and is admirable. She said what needed to be said before her media was shut down or before she was thrown into jail. “I think she went all out.”

The CCP’s cyberspace administration has continuously deleted sensitive reports from Caixin, but many people have made backup copies and screenshots that are circulating on social media.

U.S.-based current affairs commentator Tang Jingyuan said that the authorities blocked Caixin’s reports, because “he [CCP leader Xi Jinping] knows that he has no power to make people deaf or blind, but he has the power to make them mute and not allow them to speak. As long as they are intimidated and they can’t speak up, he feels that he has the upper hand and is always in a position of control.”

Mr. Feng said that the CCP has tried its best to suppress speech in recent years, but nowadays the concepts of democracy, constitutionalism, rule of law, and human rights have been deeply rooted in the hearts of the people. People have no channels to speak within China, so some turn to overseas social media to speak out.

“Nowadays, there are many people in China who are angry but dare not speak out, and who dare to speak but cannot speak out. People’s minds have changed, and there are many people who hate Xi Jinping to the core. He cannot change this fundamental of people’s hearts.”

Ning Haizhong and Luo Ya contributed to this report.

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