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


  • Dolores V.
    03/23/2021 23:04

    Do not hate anyone because of their nationality, this doctor was trying to help all nations and look at what happened to him, some evil men used by satan have brought division among us. Instead of hatred show compassion for one another.

  • Darren S.
    02/23/2021 11:42

    u cannot blame him he knew what happening the police useless demand him not to say nothing i bet many police died got sick also will know now who at fault i reckon the china president he wanted to end the world he greedy

  • Nishi G.
    02/10/2021 05:52

    don't worry india is on it's way to be next china

  • Rachele H.
    02/09/2021 15:04


  • Tomi T.
    02/09/2021 11:24

    Dia mengatakan kebenaran

  • เกษมศานต์ ท.
    02/09/2021 09:57

    I ain’t no Chinese. But fact has to come right. Stop playing the blames

  • Taipan S.
    02/09/2021 04:44

    R. I. P.

  • Dang N.
    02/09/2021 03:57

    Chinese Government must stop being coward

  • Marcy B.
    02/09/2021 03:41

    My heart goes out to his family!

  • Darrell G.
    02/09/2021 02:55

    The Chinese government was not being transparent with the American government about the coronavirus

  • Rowdey E.
    02/09/2021 02:51


  • 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?????

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