China continues to attempt to cover up the way it covered up early news about the coronavirus. Earlier this month the government arrested three individuals connected to an unofficial archive of censored material known as Terminus2049. The archive included material critical of the government’s coronavirus response which Chinese censors had wiped off the internet. When the CCP couldn’t make the archive of damaging information disappear, it decided to make the people responsible disappear instead:
The trio – Cai Wei, his girlfriend, a woman surnamed Tang, and Chen Mei – were contributors to a crowd-sourced project known as Terminus2049 that began in 2018 and collected articles that had been removed from mainstream media outlets and social media.
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The three Beijing-based volunteers went missing on April 19, the source, who declined to give her name for fear of retaliation, told the South China Morning Post. Their families and friends then called the police, who initially denied knowledge of their whereabouts.
“About five days later, the families of Cai and Tang received official notices from the Chaoyang district bureau of the Beijing police,” the source said. “During the first few days they did not admit they took them.”
According to the notices, Cai and Tang were being kept under police surveillance at an unnamed location for “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”.
Why does the CCP care about the censored content? Because it shows that the government’s response was not as wonderful at they have claimed: