Chen Qiushi spent two weeks reporting on the situation on the ground in Wuhan, China, at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, before disappearing for nearly two years
A Chinese man who challenged the country’s government and worked to uncover the coronavirus situation in Wuhan has resurfaced after missing 600 days.
Chen Qiushi put his life at risk when he took the last train to Wuhan in late January 2020 to cover the emerging Covid pandemic.
The 34-year-old lawyer-turned-citizen journalist vowed to highlight what he believed was really happening in the city when the killer virus broke through it.
Chen had targeted himself by reporting that Wuhan residents were locked in their homes and recording the fear and confusion that were widespread when the then mysterious virus claimed human lives.
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He also compared Covid-19 to SARS, claiming the Chinese Communist Party worked to “cover up the truth and the information block” in both situations.
“If we get the news and information out faster than the virus, then we can win this war,” he said in a clip that has been viewed more than 1.5 million times.
Chen continued to document the looming disaster in the city during the initial lockdown by interviewing people who had lost loved ones and filming them in local hospitals.
He also visited the Huanan Seafood Market, which was first linked to the outbreak.
Shortly before he disappeared, seemingly aware that the government was after him, Chen posted a defiant video.
“I’m not even afraid of death. Do you think I’m scared of you, Communist Party? ”He said.
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Suddenly, after two weeks of reporting and online posting from Wuhan, Chen fell silent and was not heard from until this month Wall Street Journal reports.
Chen posted a letter on Twitter and appeared in a video with a friend in which he did not address where he had been.
“I have seen a lot in the last year and eight months. Some things can be talked about, some not, ”says the letter.
“I think you understand.”
To date, Chen has not responded to interview requests from global media organizations.
He’s not the only Chinese journalist who went missing during the pandemic.
According to Australian reporter Sharri Markson, who is entitled to a book on the pandemic and subsequent cover-ups. published What really happened in Wuhan , there were 897 cases between January and April 2020 alone of Chinese citizens being fined for questioning China’s propaganda about the pandemic.