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Chinese citizen journalist Chen Qiushi missing in Wuhan after critical reports on coronavirus outbreak

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Chinese citizen journalist Chen Qiushi missing in Wuhan after critical reports on coronavirus outbreak

Mr Chen has been publicly critical of the Chinese Government over human rights abuses and media suppression. A citizen journalist who has been critically reporting on Beijing’s handling of the coronavirus crisis from the city of Wuhan has been missing for almost a week, according to his family. Chen Qiushi reported many hospitals in Wuhan lacked adequate resources

A ghostwriter for Mr Chen posted a video of his mother pleading for help on Twitter

Chinese law states anyone who spreads "false information" could be given a prison sentence

Chinese human rights lawyer Chen Qiushi, 34, who has been missing since last Thursday, had been posting regular updates about conditions inside the coronavirus epicentre on social media since January 24.

Mr Chen arrived in Wuhan on the last train just before the city went into lockdown, and his reporting has been seen as defying the Chinese Communist Party’s tight grip on information around the outbreak. Here’s a rundown of all the facts about coronavirus, and how you can make sure you’re protected. "How can you call yourself a reporter if you dare not to go to the frontline at the earliest possible time when there is a disaster," hesaid in a video on his YouTube channel after arriving in Wuhan.

The news of his disappearance came on the same day as the death of whistleblower doctor Li Wenliang , who tried to warn people about coronavirus before he was arrested by local authorities.

Dr Li’s death sparked anger and grief across China and […]

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