Chinese media outlet Da Ji Yuan on July 18, reported that the Chinese regime’s propaganda system is trying to censor all different official voices against its stringent zero-COVID policy amid the upcoming 20th National Congress.
According to the report, Yang Zhanqiu, a virology expert at Wuhan University, said in an interview with CCTV on July 11, that Omicron and its subvariants are more contagious but much weaker than other previous forms of Coronavirus. The current BA.5 subvariant is similar to the common cold which only affects the nose and throat and does not cause severe symptoms such as pneumonia.
As a result, the Chinese regime took immediate action and deleted the interview video posted by CCTV and many other media outlets across the nation.
Xinhua News Agency also faced the same consequence. On June 21, the state media outlet published an article stating that “economic stabilization is a more difficult task than epidemic prevention and control”. The article also disappeared for no reason not long after.
In addition, on June 18, Shanghai epidemic prevention expert Zhang Wenhong and his team reported a clinical study claiming that the severity of the Omicron variant is extremely low and basically has no effects on those not in the high-risk groups. Despite being posted on the official journal of China CDC, the report was still taken down quickly.
Da Ji Yuan noted that the Chinese regulator did not only censor information from state media outlets but also its people’s comments on the social media platform Weibo.
In response to a topic posted on Weibo titled “Our epidemic prevention measures are the best”, some netizens left different comments to express their opinions but were also quickly deleted by the webmaster.
The Weibo user said, “This is just self-talk, bragging, self-deception, and asking for trouble.”
Another commented, “Only the ghosts who died in the emergency room and while waiting outside for nucleic acid test results will agree to this”
Another one wrote, “Do you want to go all the way to the dark or something?”
Another one asked, “Cost? Economy? What about the lives of other people?”