The Chinese authorities arrest those who wrote their "coronavirus" diaries in the only accessible to the Chinese people foreign social network GitHub.
People who without the censorship described what had happened in China during the outbreak of the epidemic disappear without ane traces, reports Quartz
So, on April 19, the Beijinger Cai Wei and his wife were arrested, who participated in one of the projects on GitHub. They were accused of "scandalous behavior" - the usual reason used by the Chinese police to detain the dissidents. Next disappeared, and another resident of the capital of China, Chen Mei, also associated with this project. Later, the families of the detainees received a police notice that the project participants were under arrest.
The Terminus2049 project is named after the planet from the Isaac Asimov Foundation’s science fiction cycle (“Foundation”), and it contains uncensored stories, messages, videos and articles posted by people who survived the epidemic. This web page has already been deleted or blocked by the Chinese authorities.
Including there was kept an interview with a doctor from Wuhan, who was the first to tell the world about the beginning of the coronavirus epidemic, for which he subsequently received a reprimand from his superiors, and this material was deleted a few hours after publication. Terminus2049 published frank articles against Chinese leader Xi Jinping, which criticized him for imposing total censorship and control over the country's citizens.
The Chinese began to actively use the Microsoft-owned GitHub service immediately after the outbreak of coronavirus infection, as it remains one of the few large foreign websites that can still be accessed in China. Now, volunteers filling out the pages of the project are increasingly faced with reprisals from the authorities. By the way, another GitHub page dedicated to the #2020 nCov memory coronavirus, which was created by several volunteers from around the world to chronicle personal notes and news about the pandemic, also became inaccessible to the Chinese public.
In addition to the Chinese volunteers working on projects on GitHub, three journalists covering the events in Wuhan, where the first outbreak of the disease occurred, disappeared. It is known that one of them was detained and placed under arrest for "disturbing public order", but the whereabouts of the other two remains unknown.