Chen Qiushi

CHINA

LAWYER TURNED CITIZEN-JOURNALIST


A lawyer from the far northeast province of Heilongjiang, Chen Qiushi made a name for himself in the Chinese blogosphere by shooting videos of last year’s pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong. After catching a train to Wuhan on 23 January, he went around the city’s hospitals interviewing the families of victims and covering the chaos in videos that that were viewed by hundreds of thousands of people online. On 7 February, his parents were told that he had been placed “in quarantine.” They have received no news of him since then.