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
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  • Albina G.
    05/18/2020 21:39

    R.I.P 😢

  • Hamza A.
    05/17/2020 04:46

    They wanted the virus to be spread

  • Beatriz C.
    05/16/2020 08:41

    He is now in the hands of God.

  • Job M.
    05/15/2020 19:39


  • Gayathri D.
    05/07/2020 10:01

    Sounds as though Dr Li was murdered instead of praised.

  • Virgil J.
    05/05/2020 13:29

    All these assumptions....

  • Virgil J.
    05/05/2020 13:28

    WHERES ONE SCRAP OF EVIDENCE...TRUMpest is a known fabricator...means LIAR..

  • Donna G.
    05/04/2020 02:49

    Thank you Dr Li Heaven awaits

  • Phillip P.
    04/30/2020 14:54

    And still the Chinese Government in denial and attempting to cover up shame on you

  • Keith W.
    04/30/2020 14:38

    Rip a true hero

  • Maritz O.
    04/30/2020 13:57

    Kupal gobyerno niyo. Daming namatay daming nawalang buhay dahil sa inyo. Daming na damay. Kung pinakingan niyo lang siya sana ndi nag hihirap ang lahat. Dinamay niyo buong mundo.

  • Denise J.
    04/30/2020 05:55

    He is a hero! He wanted to tell the people what was really happening with covid-19. he didn't care what the authorities thought about helping people. He went down a true path that he believed in and died for it. I pray for the demise of one that wasn't afraid to tell the truth. God Bless Him and His Family..

  • Lyn H.
    04/29/2020 02:42

    Chinese government needs to pay for their crimes against their own people and the rest of the world.

  • Lisa B.
    04/28/2020 23:17

    the chinese communist regime has a lot to be accountable for . The way it treats its citizens is wrong who would want to live in a country with no freedom of speech ? It makes this brave Drs efforts to warn his own community and then the rest of the world of the potential threat of this virus all the more heroic and commendable I am so sad to hear he lost his life in the effort to do so

  • Diane B.
    04/28/2020 05:15


  • Lisa K.
    04/27/2020 00:54

    A true hero ♥️

  • Constance S.
    04/26/2020 15:03

    Did he really die from the virus or was he murdered!?

  • Louisianne R.
    04/26/2020 11:03


  • Kritsy G.
    04/25/2020 11:11

    Communist country are like tried to do good but they will accuse you liking information. They will lock you up and silence you. But this case Chinese gov't thought lockdown the market where it come from is the cure. But it became out of hand and cannot keep it secret. Now people of America those family victim will sue the Chinese govt.

  • Natayla M.
    04/25/2020 07:59

    Bless his Soul for trying to do the right thing.Blessing to his wife & kids.Sad how the world is coming to an horrible end of stupidity