Chinese Journalist Returns, Accuses of Being Forcefully Quarantined
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After being missing for nearly two months, a Chinese journalist who posted videos about the coronavirus situation in Wuhan City has resurfaced claiming in a YouTube video that he was forcefully quarantined. Li Zehua, 25, was also one of three citizen-journalists in Wuhan who was missing.
A video he released on Feb. 20 show temporary porters employing to bear the coronavirus bodies of people who apparently dies. It views on YouTube 850,000 times and is a block in China. Days later he shared live police video footage that came to his house. Only his latest video releases on Wednesday is not aware of then. The other two citizen journalists, Chen Qiushi and Fang Bin, who have posted footages of overwhelmed hospitals and corpses piled in a minibus according to media reports, have not publicly resurfaced.
Chen’s mother said he had been missing earlier while Fang also shared police video knocking at his house. Chinese authorities declined to comment publicly on any of the three. On March 31 U.S. Representative Jim Banks called on the U.S. State Department is asking China to investigate the three’s disappearance.
Li Accuses Police of interrogating him
Li, in his new video published Wednesday, said cops took him from his flat in Wuhan on Feb. 26 and interrogated him on suspicion of disturbing public order at a police station. He states that the police station chief tells him after nearly 24 hours that he charges but had to undergo quarantine because he is at high-risk places, including a crematorium.
Li states that he quarantines in a hotel before March 14, and then escorts back to his hometown, in which he quarantines for another 14 days. He states that while in quarantine, police ask him to give his electronic devices to a neighbour. It’s not clear why Li decides to post the new video that details his experience but states he makes on April 16, three weeks after his last quarantine was over.
Li did not respond to a request for comment immediately and on Thursday. The former state television staff member talked about his desire to speak up. This is on behalf of the people in the YouTube video filming in late February. This is moments before Li opens the door to let police in. He also lamented what he said was a dearth of idealism. It is among young people and using a euphemism to refer to student protests that lead to a 1989 crackdown on Tiananmen Square in Beijing, a taboo subject for the ruling Communist Party of China.