Podcast: Coronavirus, China’s press, and the disappearance of Chen Quishi

In China, journalists are conditioned to keep their online activity apolitical. But the coronavirus outbreak took censors by surprise. In the panic, editors were temporarily emboldened. Han Zhang, who is on the editorial staff at the New Yorker, sat down with Kyle Pope, editor and publisher of CJR, to discuss the flow of outbreak information in the Chinese media, how many coronavirus fatalities may go unreported, and her last interview with citizen journalist Chen Quishi, before he disappeared.


How the coronavirus has tested China’s system of information control, Han Zhang, The New Yorker

Grief and wariness at a vigil for Li Wenliang, the doctor who tried to warn China about the coronavirus, Han Zhang, The New Yorker

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Amanda Darrach is a contributor to CJR and a visiting scholar at the University of St Andrews School of International Relations. Follow her on Twitter @thedarrach.