Magazine April 6, 2020, Issue

Coronavirus and China’s Missing Citizen Journalists

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang takes a question from a journalist in Beijing, China, March 18, 2020. (Thomas Peter/Reuters)
They were detained for telling the truth about the coronavirus

Three Chinese citizen journalists have gone missing in recent months. They are presumed to have been detained by Chinese authorities after posting videos on social media documenting the reality of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The most recent Chinese citizen journalist to suffer this fate was Li Zehua. Li was living a picture-perfect life. After graduating from one of China’s best universities, he began working as a news anchor for China’s most important and prominent state TV station, CCTV. At the age of 25, handsome and thriving, Li was a rising star. Had he stayed within the boundaries the Chinese authorities have

This article appears as “China’s Missing Citizen Journalists” in the April 6, 2020, print edition of National Review.

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