An independent group supporting the right to information in People’s Republic of China
Circle 19 for the right to information in People’s Republic of China is an independent global China-concerned group that aims to promote the right to information on the basis of Chinese intellectuals sources.
The group’s name, Circle 19, refers to Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that enshrines the right to freedom of opinion and expression.
Circle 19 was gradually formed from 2019 and now gathers around thirty participants, whose details are not public, and some of whose remain anonymous for security reasons. The group is supported by Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
Journalistic investigations that changed China
The cover story of China News Weekly put together a detailed timeline for the month leading up to 23 January 2020, the day that the city of Wuhan closed down. The story presented the local government’s response and what officials from the local and national Center for Disease Control and Prevention did in those critical…
This story by Renwu Magazine sets out how Ai Fen became the first whistleblower. Ai Fen is a doctor at the Central Hospital of Wuhan. In December 2019, she was one of the first doctors to encounter patients infected with the virus that would become known as COVID-19. On 30 December, she received a diagnostic…
While on probation, Pang conspired with her daughter to trade 260,000 of non-refrigerated vaccines to 18 provinces, and made 570 million RMB (75 million EUR) from the trade. The vaccines were feared ineffective due to the improper transport and storage, though unlikely to cause toxic reactions.