FCC Commissioner Goes Right After China, Demands They ‘Un-Disappear’ COVID-19 Whistleblowers

Hua Chunying, the spokesperson for the Chinese government, is pushing back on claims from the United States that the country is not being honest when it comes to the coronavirus.

Chunying, instead, reversed the claim and accused the U.S. of being the dishonest party.

In a tweet, Chunying pointed to the recently fired Navy Captain Brett Crozier, who wrote an urgent four-page letter about the coronavirus and the potentiality of his crew getting infected, as evidence of the government punishing people for speaking out. As Crozier wrote the letter to about 30 people inside and outside of his chain of command, he was relieved of his post, the Navy Times reports.

Head of the Federal Communications Commission Brendan Carr quickly responded to the Chinese spokesperson with a full list of people that have mysteriously disappeared in China for raising awareness about the COVID-19.

“Great!” the FCC commissioner said in a tweet with an article detailing whistleblowing coronavirus doctor Ai Fen’s mysterious disappearance. “First, I would like to speak with Dr. Ai Fen. She worked at Wuhan Central Hospital and tried to sound the alarm on the virus.”

“Could you un-disappear her so we could speak?” he asked.

The New York Post reports Chinese doctor Ai Fen drew attention to coronavirus cases to her colleagues at Wuhan Central Hospital. Fen and eight of these colleagues were subsequently reprimanded.

“The whereabouts of Ai, who is head of the emergency department, are now unknown,” the report adds.

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“Just two weeks ago the head of Emergency at Wuhan Central hospital went public, saying authorities had stopped her and her colleagues from warning the world,” 60 Minutes Australia said in a tweet. “She has now disappeared, her whereabouts unknown.”

Carr kept the pressure up, continuing his series of tweets.

“Next, I’d like to speak with Chen Qiushi and Fang Bin – two video bloggers that tried to bring the world a glimpse of Wuhan unfiltered by your Communist regime,” he tweeted.

“Could you un-disappear them so we could speak?” Carr asked.


I’d like to speak with Li Zehua next.

He worked as a journalist in Wuhan and refused to stay silent on Covid. In his last report, he live-streamed his own arrest.

Could you un-disappear him so we could speak?

Carr pushed again: “I’d then like to speak with Xu Zhiyong.”

“He was arrested after he criticized your party leader for his botched handling of the coronavirus outbreak,” he continued. “Could you un-disappear him so we could speak?”

Adding: “They’re not available for comment? That’s odd.”

NPR has more on Zhiyong:

Prominent Chinese legal activist and civil rights lawyer Xu Zhiyong has been detained in southern China, after spending nearly two months on the run as he taunted Chinese authorities and encouraged his followers through a steady stream of political commentary posted on social media and his personal blog.

Friends of Xu Zhiyong confirmed to NPR that Xu was arrested at around 6 p.m. local time on Feb. 15 in the Panyu district of Guangzhou, a major metropolis in the south of China. Xu had managed to evade authorities for 50 days as police began rounding up fellow activists the day after Christmas.

“Then let me speak with Ren Zhiqiang,” Carr continued. “He committed the high crime of writing an article criticizing your regime’s attempt to cover up the Covid-19 outbreak.”

“Could you un-disappear him so we could speak?” he asked.

Carr still was not done, noting even China’s “hero doctor” had been punished by the Chinese government.

“Ok, how about the hero doctor Li Wenliang then?” he asked. “He was dragged to a police station in the middle of the night and forced to recant the early warning he wanted the world to hear.”

CNN reports:

Li is credited with being the first medical professional to sound the alarm on the Wuhan coronavirus weeks before he contracted the illness himself and died. In late December, he messaged his medical school alumni group on WeChat, informing them that seven people from a local seafood market who showed signs of a SARS-like illness were quarantined in his hospital in Wuhan. When screenshots of his post went viral with his name in plain view, Li said, “I realized it was out of my control and I would probably be punished.”

“Could I speak with Xu Zhangrun?” Carr asked in yet another tweet.

“He’s a law professor in Beijing that wrote an essay titled ‘Viral Alarm.’ It says what the world knows: your authoritarian regime and censorship hindered efforts to slow Covid’s spread,” he continued. “Could you un-disappear him?”

“I’d then like to speak with Xie Linka who worked at Wuhan Union Hospital,” Carr said, circulating his tweets back to Wuhan, the ground zero of the coronavirus global pandemic.

“She joined other Wuhan health officials in trying to sound the alarm on Covid before being berated and forced into silence by communist officials,” he continued. “Can I speak with her?”

In a final tweet, Carr challenged the Chinese government on transparency, and whether or not they are interested in actually working together with the U.S. to share information and defeat the coronavirus: “Does your offer still stand? Or has it suddenly disappeared as things tend to do over there?”


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