A visitor pays his respects to Dr Li Wenliang at a hospital in Wuhan, Hubei province, on February 7. Li, who died of Covid-19, was one of eight people who tried to raise the alarm about an infectious new disease, but were effectively shamed into silence. Photo: TNS

Letters | Coronavirus crisis shows why China needs freedom of speech to avoid a fate like the Soviet Union’s

  • China’s suppression of warnings about the outbreak recalls the Soviet Union’s attempt to cover up the Chernobyl disaster
  • That didn’t end well for the nation, and China should embrace political reform to avoid a similar fate
Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
A visitor pays his respects to Dr Li Wenliang at a hospital in Wuhan, Hubei province, on February 7. Li, who died of Covid-19, was one of eight people who tried to raise the alarm about an infectious new disease, but were effectively shamed into silence. Photo: TNS
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