Coronavirus whistle-blower’s death unlikely to be watershed moment for freedom of speech: Analysts

Likely outcome could be disciplinary action against local officials and a confirmation of doctor's contribution in trying to warn of virus

Beijing is working swiftly to contain the fallout from the death of whistle-blower doctor Li Wenliang, who has emerged as a hero for trying to tell the truth about the coronavirus outbreak before it became public.

Shortly after his death was announced on Friday, the Chinese government said it would investigate "issues raised by the people in connection with Dr Li Wenliang".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 09, 2020, with the headline 'Whistleblower's death unlikely to be watershed moment for freedom of speech: Analysts'. Print Edition | Subscribe