During the outbreak of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus, the Chinese communist regime’s efforts to censor any information that questions the mismanagement of the emergency that ended up becoming a global threat are becoming increasingly noticeable.
Several cases of journalists as well as human rights and freedom of expression activists who have disappeared due to their efforts to report on the CCP’s negligence in dealing with the pandemic have come to light.
Such is the case of three Beijing-based activists who disappeared and are believed to have been arrested by police for backing up news online due to the regime’s heavy censorship of the Internet.
In another more recent case on May 10, authorities of the CCP arrested an academic after he published an open letter criticizing the way the CCP Virus pandemic has been handled.
The letter from the constitutional scholar Zhang Xuehong, 43, was posted on the Chinese social network WeChat and denounced the absence of independent media as well as expert doctors to provide public advice, according to the South China Morning Post.
In his letter to the deputies of the National People’s Congress (NPC), Zhang said, “The government’s long-term tight control over society and people has almost completely destroyed the organization and self-help capabilities of Chinese society.”
“The outbreak and spread of the Covid-19 [CCP Virus] epidemic is a good illustration of the problem,” said Zhang, who called the Chinese regime “backward,” adding that freedom of expression requires everyone to speak as if they already have it.
As stated by Wen Kejian, an independent political analyst and close friend of Zhang’s, three police cars arrived at Zhang’s home on Sunday night and took him away.
According to a report in the China Digital Times, between Jan. 1 and April 4, about 500 people alone were arrested and charged with talking about the virus.
One of the most emblematic cases of the Chinese regime’s attacks on freedom of expression is that of eye doctor Li Wenliang, who in December last year tried to alert his colleagues to the spread of a SARS-like virus.
I an effort to try to silence Li, the CCP began investigations, calling his widely publicized comments on social networks such as WeChat and Weibo “false rumors.”
As the South China Morning Post points out, the doctor was made to sign a document in which he was to ensure that he would “stay in line in both thought and action” with the CCP.
In late January he was diagnosed with the CCP Virus and finally died the following month, sparking a wave of national outrage against the CCP for underestimating the seriousness of the virus.
According to Zhang, “Twenty-two days before the [lockdown to contain the outbreak] in the city, Wuhan was still investigating and punishing citizens who had disclosed the epidemic, including Dr Li Wenliang … showing how tight and arbitrary the government’s suppression of society is.”
In his letter to the NPA deputies, he called for turning the Legislature into a “transitional authority” to create a broadly representative committee empowered to create a constitution in accordance with “modern political principles.”
He also called on the NPC to make resolutions to release all political prisoners and end the ban on political parties and the nonstate media, according to South China Morning Post.