Li Zehua Bio, Wiki
Li Zehua is a Chinese citizen journalist, rapper, and YouTuber. The journalist who went missing in February 2020 has re-appeared. He initially went missing after another journalist, Chen Qiushi, went missing. In his first video from Wuhan, he explained why we were.
Li Zehua Age
Li was born in 1995 in Pingxiang, Jiangxi.
Li Zehua Career
Li joined China Central Television (CCTV) as a television presenter in 2016 after graduating from the Communication University of China.
During the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic in China, he resigned from CCTV and found a way to get into Wuhan in hopes of following in the footsteps of disappeared journalist Chen Qiushi. With the locals’ help, he was able to get a car and find a place to stay. In the following days, he used a vlog to report on the true situation in Wuhan.
He disappeared on February 26th, 2020, presumed detained by officers from state security. Parts of his chase with the Wuhan authorities was caught on video and uploaded to YouTube. It was reported that Li Zehua returned to the hotel on February 28th. However, other reports stated that no one has heard from Li since his disappearance.
On April 22nd, 2020, Li posted a video on Youtube, Twitter, and Weibo. According to Li, he was escorted on February 26th to the police station and was under investigation for disrupting public order. Additionally, police detained and quarantined him, citing his visits to sensitive epidemic areas. Li’s quarantine was at first in Wuhan and later moved to his hometown. Li stated he had been treated well by the police during the detention, and that he had been released on March 28th. According to The Guardian, Li’s neutral tone in the video was very different from his previous videos. Activist Ou Biaofeng stated the authorities may have pressured Li to make the brief statement.
“Before I entered Wuhan, a friend who worked in the Chinese mainstream media told me… all the bad news about the epidemic has been collected by the central government.
“The local media can only report good news about the patients’ recovery and so on. Of course, it remains uncertain whether that’s true because this is just what I heard from my friends.”
His stories included an alleged cover-up of infections and a busy crematorium. They were watched millions of times on Chinese platforms, YouTube, and Twitter.