Citizen Journalist: Fang Bin

WHILE THE CHINESE Communist Party downplayed the pandemic inside Wuhan in early 2020, Fang Bin exposed the reality of the situation on the ground through videos he uploaded to YouTube, a blocked platform in China. His videos showed overcrowded hospitals in Wuhan with piles of body bags lining hallways as early as January 25, 2020.

(Pictured above is Fang Bin in a YouTube video from 2020.)

Case Summary

Fang Bin / 方斌 – Gender: Male, Born: Unknown

Current status: Awaiting trial in detention

Reason for Detention: Uploaded videos of Wuhan’s pandemic situation to YouTube as early as January 25, 2020. Fang Bin’s videos are archived and transcribed in English on China Change here.

Current location (Updated November 2021): Jiang’an Detention Center, Wuhan

Past Detentions: Detained in 2001 at Tuanhe Forced Labor Camp

Family: Wife Feng Yunqing is currently imprisoned for her faith. Child’s location is unknown.

Category: Citizen Journalist