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DW News 29 Feb 2020

Coronavirus cover-up sparks calls for free speech in China

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The death of Dr. Li Wenliang prompted an outpouring of sorrow and grief in China. Dr. Li was one of the first frontline doctors who sounded an early alarm about the coronavirus outbreak. Authorities silenced him for his efforts. Now, his death has become a trigger for demands for greater transparency and free speech. China has perhaps the most advanced system of censorship in the world. The internet and news media are tightly controlled. But there's widespread anger over the government's attempts to suppress warnings about the coronavirus outbreak and then cover up the death of the doctor behind those warnings. Correspondent Mathias Bölinger spoke to one activist, who's put his personal freedom at risk to take the government to task over it.


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