The story of the coronavirus whistleblower, Dr. Li Wenliang

He was silenced by Chinese authorities for warning against the coronavirus outbreak, and soon died from the illness. This is the story of Dr. Li Wenliang.

His face has become a symbol for freedom of speech in China.

Dr. Li Wenliang was silenced after sounding the alarm about a strange new virus, the coronavirus. He died of the illness he warned against at just 34. “The Chinese people do not know what is happening and therefore, actually, it's the regime that is allowing this virus to spread around.”, an activist claims. Dr. Li was an ophthalmologist in Wuhan, the Chinese city at the heart of the coronavirus outbreak. He and his wife were expecting their second child.

The first warning On December 30, 2019, Dr. Li signed onto his medical school alumni chatroom and posted a warning about an illness going around that resembled Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) with people “quarantined in the emergency department”. In the middle of the night, days later, Chinese authorities took him to the police station and forced him to sign a statement saying that his warning was an unfounded rumor, promising that he wouldn’t commit anymore “illegal actions”. Only then was he allowed to return to work.

His diagnosis On January 10, 2020, he treated a woman for glaucoma, without knowing she was infected with the coronavirus. Dr. Li was diagnosed 2 weeks later. He eventually decided to go public about his experience. He criticized the inaction of the Chinese government, continued leaking information about the virus, and was heralded a hero overnight.

On February 6th, confusion surfaced about his death, and people on social media accused the government of delaying the announcement. When Dr. Li was officially declared dead, an online revolt burst out. People vilified the Chinese government for covering up the magnitude of the outbreak and demanded more freedom of speech.

Remembering Dr. Li “I feel very sad. He is such a nice person, but still didn't pull through. Those left do not dare to speak out. Alas, I don't know what to say.”, one Beijing resident shares. Another resident reveals, “We heard the news of his death with heavy hearts, because he gave his life for our ordinary people. We are extremely grateful. We should learn from him.” On February 7th, people commemorated the whistleblower by blowing whistles. Dr. Li is being honored for raising his voice against local authorities accused of downplaying the outbreak.


02/10/2020 9:51 PM


  • Andrew K.
    01/07/2021 19:26 REMEMBER HER

  • ハリヤント ア.
    01/07/2021 05:27

    CCP must pays for the damage they have caused worldwide

  • Chuy P.
    01/06/2021 23:10

    Most Chinese people worship the dragon(satan) that is why they don't care about what happens to people.

  • Cris C.
    01/06/2021 19:03


  • محمد ا.
    01/06/2021 18:00

    لا حول ولا قوة الا بالله

  • Joanc W.
    01/06/2021 13:03


  • Shubha H.
    01/06/2021 12:32

    This is Leftists , what they think about any thing have to obey , no liberty ,

  • Shammah S.
    01/06/2021 12:27


  • Christopher K.
    01/06/2021 11:04

    And now ther not letting in who wonder why?????

  • Margo G.
    01/06/2021 10:22

    He was one of the good ones from the very beginning.

  • Norma L.
    01/06/2021 09:01

    China silenced or murdered their opponents. Life there is cheap!

  • Jean-claude S.
    01/06/2021 07:31

    🤣 😷 🏆

  • Roshan R.
    01/06/2021 05:59

    So sad

  • Paparao K.
    01/06/2021 04:21


  • Vijay N.
    01/06/2021 03:34

    Can the administration and doctor claim that there will be no side effects after vaccination. Can doctors and leaders make it clear that after the vaccination, the person will not suffer any physical damage. If the person becomes physically handicapped, who will be blamed for it? If someone died, who would be blamed for it? Can your science revive dead bodies? The truth is, you do not have a satisfactory answer to any question. Anyway, no one person can be blamed, because every person is playing their role in this bloody game. And each one is busy justifying the policies of the government seeing its own benefits.

  • Martin M.
    01/06/2021 03:33

    Probably , they silenced him to death ,

  • Shane L.
    01/06/2021 02:46

    Why does his face have a mask 😷 on it?

  • Kãå S.
    01/06/2021 02:10

    Second child I thought you can only have one child in China.

  • Paulo J.
    01/06/2021 02:06

    For those who don't remember, Mao Cultural Revolution was one of the greatest crimes in history, a crime against humanity ... as it happens today ..

  • Sergio L.
    07/25/2020 18:59

    R.I.P. DR. LI.

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