Wuhan Covid journalist missing since February found, says friend

Chen Qiushi who reported on Chinese response to virus believed to be in detention

A Chinese citizen journalist who disappeared in February while reporting on China’s early response to the coronavirus in Wuhan has been found, a friend has reported, revealing the young man had been detained by Chinese authorities.

Chen Qiushi, a former lawyer turned citizen journalist, had been reporting from the streets and hospitals of Wuhan since 23 January and his disappearance prompted accusations the Chinese government was rounding up journalists and whistleblowers. Chinese authorities gave no details of his whereabouts or condition, but his mother said shortly after he disappeared that he’d been forcibly quarantined.

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