Chen Qiushi 陳秋實 — Rogue Reporting from the Epicentre of a Crisis
Veg, Sebastian. « Chen Qiushi 陳秋實 : Rogue Reporting from the Epicentre of a Crisis ». China Heritage, 10 March 2020. URL : http://chinaheritage.net/journal/the-heart-of-the-one-grows-ever-more-arrogant-and-proud/ (consulté le 12 mars 2020)
Contribution de Sebastian Veg (EHESS, associé CCJ-CECMC) dans laquelle l’auteur étudie la place dans les médias chinois de Chen Qiushi 陳秋實, l’avocat et journaliste indépendant disparu alors qu’il enquêtait à Wuhan, épicentre de l’épidémie de coronavirus. Ce texte fait partie d’un dossier intitulé « Viral alarm », qui est consacré à l’épidémie de coronavirus en 2020, paru sur le site China Heritage.
As the extent of the Wuhan virus outbreak became clear, a series of well-rehearsed phenomena could be observed. The public, losing trust in messages issued by the state, turned to sources of information that can be described as minjian 民間, that is, unofficial, self-organised, originating within society rather than being generated by state institutions. Two well-known forms of minjian information are: independent journalists or ‘self-media’ 自媒體; and, those possessed of professional expertise outside officialdom, an example being the retired doctor and virologist Zhong Nanshan 鐘南山, whose intervention on 19 January seems to have been the decisive factor for the breakthrough in the state’s recognition of a public health crisis. Some other professionals, in particular doctors, also spoke out to the media on the basis of their expertise, and in so doing contradicted the state narrative. As has been widely reported, eight of these ‘whistle-blowers’ were disciplined in January 2020 for having done so in late December 2019.