Missing Chinese journalist who reported on coronavirus outbreak resurfaces after 2 months, praises police in video

by Bryan Brammer · Apr 23rd, 2020 12:47 pm

Last Updated Apr 23rd, 2020 at 2:35 pm

A Chinese journalist who went missing for approximately two months after exposing the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan has resurfaced in a video praising local police for their "civil" treatment of him during forced quarantine.

Li Zehua, 25, was one of three Chinese journalists who refused to remain silent about the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan. He was last seen on February 26 after he posted a video that ended when several agents entered his apartment.

In the video, a white SUV pulled out in front of Li while he was driving in Wuhan, yelling for him to stop. He panicked and drove off toward his apartment.

Once inside, he noticed police knocking on the doors of other residents. Li turned off his lights and sat quietly in front of his computer screen waiting for the police to leave. Three hours later, he heard a knock on his door.

Li went with the agents to a local police station where he was told he was being investigated for disrupting public order. Although he was not charged, Li was forced into quarantine for a month in Wuhan and then in his hometown.

In his video posted Wednesday, Li praised local police for how they treated him while quarantined.

"Throughout the whole time, the police acted civilly and legally, making sure I had rest and food. They really cared about me," he said. "May God bless China and the people of the world unite."

Li revealed he was released on March 28 and that he has been spending time with his family.


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