He Weifang circulated his plea for greater press freedom on WeChat. Photo: Simon SongHe Weifang circulated his plea for greater press freedom on WeChat. Photo: Simon Song
He Weifang circulated his plea for greater press freedom on WeChat. Photo: Simon Song

Lack of free speech helped spread of coronavirus in China, says leading professor

  • Peking University academic He Weifang says ‘people live in distress and the government in mendacity’ because of the lack of press freedom
  • Legal specialist’s plea – handwritten to bypass censors – questioned why it had taken more than a month for Xi Jinping’s apparent call for disease control efforts to be reported

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
He Weifang circulated his plea for greater press freedom on WeChat. Photo: Simon SongHe Weifang circulated his plea for greater press freedom on WeChat. Photo: Simon Song
He Weifang circulated his plea for greater press freedom on WeChat. Photo: Simon Song
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