Wuhan coronavirus: “shoot the messenger”

The Chinese government bans people from sending Wuhan coronavirus related messages in social media. Outside of China, taking this virus seriously by expressing concerns on social media can bring trouble as well.

A Chinese WeChat warning: starting at 8 pm tonight, accounts sending Wuhan related messages will be deleted permanently. The whole chat groups will be locked if one person within the group discusses this topic. Once locked, all your money in WeChat cannot be withdrawn. Please watch the Chinese Central Television for details and please obey this diligently.

This warning says that a 15-year-sentence is the maximum punishment for spreading rumors about Wuhan coronavirus because it is a violation of “national security“.

In the west, Twitter or YouTube accounts assessing the risk of novel coronavirus are facing risks of “media ban”

Popular financial market website Zero Hedge was banned on Twitter for linking a Chinese scientist to the outbreak of the fast-spreading coronavirus last week.

Twitter accused Zero Hedge of violating Twitter’s “rules against abuse and harassment.”

According to the New York Times:

The host of this YouTube channel got his Wikipedia entry removed after his coronavirus related videos got popular. He talks about the media attacks in this video as well as news about, of course, coronavirus:

An article published on Gnews also got the attention of politifact (see the link below).

https://www.politifact.com/facebook-fact-checks/statements/2020/jan/28/blog-posting/no-evidence-chinese-officials-will-say-coronavirus/

Well, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) did not admit that the virus come from their Wuhan P4 lab YET. Instead, the CCP said that it is a manmade virus designed by the US military to kill Chinese. So, we hope that Politifact can rate that story as well published on the most prestigious Chinese military web site:

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