China trying to control spread of virus...and news

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
 | 
Charlie Butts, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)

Corona virus bedChina’s heavy-handed reaction to the spreading coronavirus has gone viral, and now a human rights watchdog is following the arrest of one citizen who ran afoul of authoritarian authorities.

China Aid is publicizing the arrest of citizen-journalist Fang Bin, a Chinese national who angered authorities after he filmed dead and dying coronavirus patients at a hospital in Wuhan, the city that is reportedly ground zero of the virus.  

Bin, who was arrested and threatened before being released, caught the attention of authorities for his viral “8 bodies in 5 minutes” video (see below) showing the terrifying conditions at the overwhelmed hospital.

Brynne Lawrence of China Aid tells OneNewsNow that Bin was arrested by people who claimed to be “medical professionals” who were banging on his door late at night to check on him.

Coronavirus patient“They claimed that [Bin] needed to be quarantined,” Lawrence recalls, “and they searched his place without a warrant and they took him to the police station.”

Yet that claim disclosed the truth, since an infected patient would not be transported to a police station to infect even more people.

“And so obviously they weren’t medical professionals,” Lawrence points out.

The Washington Post and Vice.com, among other news outlets, report the virus outbreak has created an army of citizens determined to tell their story of the fast-moving virus at the same time the Chinese government – accustomed to controlling its citizens – is attempting to contain the virus and control the flow of information. 

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

FEATURED PODCAST

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

When you hear the term 'moderate Democrat,' what comes to mind?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Security adviser: I’ve seen no intel of Moscow helping Trump
Sanders wins Nevada caucuses, takes national Democratic lead
DEA agent accused of conspiring with cartel
US leads training exercises in Africa amid focus on Sahel
Bloomberg : 3 women can be released on non-disclosure deals
At Trump’s India rally, Modi bets on bolstering his image
Sanders condemns Russian influence in election

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Philip Haney, DHS whistleblower, found dead, police say
Biden after Nevada: 'We're alive, we're coming back'
Bernie Sanders riled by reports Moscow has meddled in election to aid his campaign
Untraceable coronavirus clusters emerge, worrying health officials
Trump accuses 'crazy' Dems of 'disinformation,' predicts Nevada caucus problems during Vegas rally

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
Students rally against fossil fuels while wind turbines pile up

wind turbines in KansasStudents who have been convinced the earth is doomed from climate change are pushing major universities to stop investing in fossil fuels.