Amid tightening controls on information in China, two citizen journalists reporting on the coronavirus pandemic in Wuhan disappeared in February, according to a report, and months later, activists say the whistleblowers are still missing. Armed with smart phones and social media accounts, non-sanctioned reporters on the outbreak challenged the Communist Party’s tightly policed monopoly on information on an unprecedented scale.
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Pierre Haski, president of Reporters Without Borders, said both men are in "the hands of the Chinese authorities,” adding further: "The authorities may keep them until the subject of the health crisis becomes less hot. In this case, one could imagine that they will be released within a few weeks, but this remains unlikely. The other more usual scenario would be to hear more about them for a while. Then we will learn within six months that they have been indicted for subversion."
Gordon Chang: China is disappearing journalists covering coronavirus https://t.co/2CvoHF8jAN— DeepClips (@DeepClips) April 16, 2020
"The courageous citizen journalists Chen Qiushi, Fang Bin and Li Zehua, who tried to report freely about the situation in Wuhan, now are also missing." 28/40https://t.co/16xmBsbS4w— Andreas Fulda (@AMFChina) April 14, 2020
China govt's #coronavirus control playbook: Silence the medical whistle blowers and "disappear" the citizen journalists whose truth-telling contradicts the official propaganda narrative https://t.co/jjGv3l9BFA— Phelim Kine 林海 (@PhelimKine) April 16, 2020
Sen. @TedCruz announced his intention to introduce a new bill that would impose US #Sanctions on #Chinese officials responsible for silencing medical experts, journalists, political dissidents, and Chinese citizens who spoke up about the #CCPVirus. https://t.co/IoRBgjIVRe— The Epoch Times - China Insider (@EpochTimesChina) April 15, 2020
A second citizen journalist reporting on the coronavirus epidemic in Wuhan has disappeared, amid tightening controls on information in China.#Coronavirus Wuhan China pic.twitter.com/BjMxBPE5v8— Tomthunkit™ (@TomthunkitsMind) April 14, 2020
“Could you un-disappear her so we could speak?”— China in Focus - NTD (@ChinaInFocusNTD) April 16, 2020
FCC commissioner Brandon Carr challenged Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman's claim of freedom in China, by asking to speak with the 9 citizen journalists in China who all disappeared or died after trying to expose the #CCPVirus pic.twitter.com/WxsLZDP5cG