- An open letter signed by 10 Wuhan professors argues that the Chinese government must enforce its own articles on freedom of expression in the Constitution of the People's Republic of China.
- The letter follows the death of Li Wenliang, a Wuhan doctor who was reprimanded by the police for "false statements" after warning people about the Wuhan corona virus – which he later contracted.
- The open letter, along with another letter signed by scientists across China, urges the government to apologize and compensate coronavirus whistleblowers and make Li a national martyr.
- Further information can be found on the Business Insider homepage.
At the start of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, local doctor Li Wenliang warned his alumni group at the medical school about the discovery of a SARS-like disease through the WeChat news app. He was then reprimanded by the Wuhan police and asked to sign a letter confirming that he had made "wrong comments" on the Chinese Internet.
Li's warning has proven to be correct, and the Wuhan corona virus has now killed at least 720 people and infected more than 34,500 people around the world. During the treatment of patients, Li, 34, contracted the virus herself and died on February 6.
After his death, scientists across China signed open letters to the Chinese government. 10 Wuhan professors signed a letter Urge the government to enforce its own articles on freedom of speech in the Constitution of the People's Republic of China and to apologize and compensate 8 coronavirus whistleblowers.
– Sebastian Veg (@sebastianveghk) February 8, 2020
Spread screenshots The French professor Sebastian Veg, who teaches the intellectual history of the 20th century in China, is said to come from the Chinese Internet on Twitter. They contain the signatures of the professors and extracts from the open letter quoting Articles 35 and 51 of the Chinese constitution.
Article 35 states that Chinese citizens "enjoy freedom of speech, the press, assembly, association, profession and demonstration, while Article 51 states that exercising the rights of Chinese citizens" must not violate the interests of the state and society, and of the collective or legal freedoms and rights of other citizens. "
The open letter also requests that the Chinese government recognize Li as a national martyr. Another letter The commission, signed by nine scientists across China, also called for February 6th to be declared "National Freedom of Speech Day" in honor of Li.
"The Chinese have been forced to exchange their freedom for security for thirty years, and now they are experiencing a public health crisis and are less secure than ever," the open letter said an English translation from the nonprofit China Change. "A humanitarian catastrophe is just around the corner. The rate at which the rest of the world is repelled by China is faster than the spread of the virus, leaving China in unprecedented global isolation."