Chen Qiushi: Chinese journalist lacking since February ‘below state supervision’

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Chen Qiushi Image copyright Youtube
Image caption Chen Qiushi had not been seen since February

A Chinese citizen journalist who disappeared in February after reporting on the outbreak of the coronavirus has been discovered, a buddy has stated.

The whereabouts of Chen Qiushi haven’t been recognized since he was allegedly “quarantined by force”.

A buddy has now uploaded a video to YouTube saying he’s in “good health” however is below authorities supervision.

There have been separate studies that he’s staying together with his mother and father in Qingdao.

Chinese authorities are recognized for clamping down on activists who converse out. At the time of Mr Chen’s disappearance the federal government had been eager to point out it was getting the coronavirus outbreak below management.

Mr Chen went lacking at about the identical time as Wuhan businessman Fang Bin and citizen journalist Li Zehua, who had each additionally reported on the coronavirus outbreak.

Li Zehua reappeared in April whereas the whereabouts of Fang Bin are nonetheless unknown.

The arrest of one other citizen journalist, Zhang Zhan, who additionally reported on the early days of the pandemic, was confirmed in June.

What’s the newest on Chen Qiushi?

Xu Xiaodong, a blended martial arts fighter and buddy of Mr Chen, posted a video on YouTube saying he was in a “safe place”.

“Qiushi is still under the supervision of a certain agency and hasn’t come home yet,” he stated within the video.

A human rights lawyer, who requested anonymity, informed the South China Morning Post that Mr Chen had been moved to Qingdao the place his mother and father dwell and the place he’s registered.

“Qiushi, who is together with his parents, is under strict supervision by the authorities,” the lawyer stated.

“Since the authorities have decided not to prosecute him, it is actually not lawful to continue to keep him in close surveillance.”

Who is Chen Qiushi?

Mr Chen, a former human rights lawyer turned video journalist, constructed his fame by his protection of the Hong Kong protests final August.

That protection, he later alleged, led to him being harassed and in the end muzzled by Chinese authorities following his return to the mainland. His Chinese social media accounts, which reportedly had a following of greater than 700,000 folks, have been deleted.

In late January he determined to travel to Wuhan to report on the worsening coronavirus outbreak.

“I will use my camera to document what is really happening. I promise I won’t… cover up the truth,” he stated in his first YouTube video.

On 7 February a video was shared on his Twitter account – which was being managed by Xu Xiaodong – that includes his mom, who stated he had gone lacking the day earlier than.

Mr Xu later alleged in a YouTube video that Mr Chen had been forcibly quarantined.