Chinese reporters talk to Bitter Winter about how they are prohibited from publishing real news about the epidemic. They should follow the official guidelines and press releases, thus depriving their readers of potentially vital information.
Amid the spread of the coronavirus epidemic, China’s communist government is censoring and suppressing any information that might damage its reputation.
From government spokespersons to teachers in schools, the Chinese authorities are trying to divert attention from their inability to deal with the outbreak.
For residents of Hubei Province’s capital, 2019 was hard: the coronavirus virus outbreak was preceded by severe security measures ahead of the international event.
The Chinese government has a consistent record of denying the truth about disasters. Bitter Winter went to a village in Shandong to uncover a significant precedent about the Lekima Typhoon.