Before the alarm about the outbreak of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus spread in China, obtaining information about sanitary conditions was a relatively simple matter. But it did not take long for the authorities of the CCP to begin a campaign of censorship on social networks, targeting especially medical personnel who were aware of the facts.

According to Bitter Winter magazine, the social network accounts of staff working in even remotely connected departments  and services like health commissions, epidemic prevention and control departments, public safety, education, culture, tourism offices, were targeted by the CCP to prevent leaks about the pandemic situation.

The restriction on information about the outbreak of the CCP Virus was implemented on platforms such as WeChat and QQ, as well as on other social networking platforms.

The most notorious case has been that of ophthalmologist Li Wenling, who while working in the city of Wuhan, epicenter of the CCP Virus, tried to report in December 2019 the infection of 7 people with a virus that resembled SARS, a pathogen that ended up spreading in China in 2003.

Another case of censorship is that of Ai Fen, a doctor who heads the emergency department at Wuhan Central Hospital. He confirmed to the Chinese journal Renwu in March that the outbreak had begun in December and that doctors who tried to share information about the virus were asked to stop.

However, the doctor’s story was deleted within hours of being published. But several internet users managed to preserve the content of the interview and eventually share the article in a show of defiance against censorship, Foreign Policy reported.

As life in China gradually returns to normal, it has become more and more difficult to interview medical workers, patients and their families, according to Foreign Policy.

Bitter Winter cited a document issued in April by the epidemic prevention and control department of a town in central China, in which staff carried out real-time surveillance and monitoring of WeChat groups, set up to prevent the leakage of uncensored information.

Meanwhile, in the same month, the Office of Secret Protection of a city in the northeastern province of Liaoning released a document requiring the monitoring of information in social networking groups in the city’s government departments.

The epidemic prevention and control departments in Shandong and Henan provinces prohibit staff of all epidemic-related institutions from sharing unapproved information on their WeChat, QQ or email accounts.

“Mainly because foreign countries are asking for compensation from China, the CCP wants to block factual information to shift the blame for the pandemic onto others,” said one doctor who worked in Wuhan under condition of anonymity, Bitter Winter reported.