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Rebuked coronavirus whistleblower vindicated by top Chinese court

Wuhan doctor cleared of 'spreading rumors' about an illness last year

Falsely accused ophthalmologist Li Wenliang: “I think there should be more than one voice in a healthy society, and I don’t approve of using public power for excessive interference.” (Photo by Li Wenliang)

An ophthalmologist in Wuhan, believed to be a whistleblower of the coronavirus outbreak punished by local police, has been vindicated by China's top court. Suspected to have been infected after treating a patient, he says that he will return to the front lines and continue fighting the virus once he recovers.

Li Wenliang received national attention after China's top court Tuesday criticized Wuhan police for reprimanding eight Wuhan citizens for "spreading rumors" about an illness in late December, in a post on its official WeChat account. Li is considered to be one of the eight, although the police did not identify who specifically they had accused or punished.

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