Key articles on transparency failures and the suppression of evidence regarding COVID-19

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The Chinese government, U.S. government agencies, and even top health experts have not always been transparent about their knowledge and opinions surrounding COVID-19, even though access to all available information is essential for a robust investigation into the origins of the pandemic. Here is a reading list of articles that discuss transparency failures and cover-ups.

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The Wall Street Journal. Chinese Lab Mapped Deadly Coronavirus Two Weeks Before Beijing Told the World, Documents Show. By Warren Strobel. January 17, 2024.

Press Gazette. Covid-19 origins: A media conspiracy of silence. By Jim Edwards. December 15, 2023.

Vanity Fair. Secret Warnings About Wuhan Research Predated the Pandemic. By Katherine Eban. November 21, 2023.

The New York Times. Chinese Censorship Is Quietly Rewriting the Covid-19 Story. By Mara Hvistendahl and Benjamin Mueller. April 23, 2023.

Washington Post. As the pandemic exploded, a researcher saw the danger. China’s leaders kept silent. April 22, 2022.

Vanity Fair.“This Shouldn’t Happen”: Inside the Virus-Hunting Nonprofit at the Center of the Lab-Leak Controversy. By Kathleen Eban. March 31, 2022.

City Journal. Journalists, or PR Agents? Why science reporters don’t report fairly on the origins of Covid-19. By Nicholas Wade, March 20, 2022.

Associated Press. China clamps down in hidden hunt for coronavirus origins. Dake Kang, Maria Cheng And Sam McNeil. December 30, 2020.

The New York Times. 25 Days That Changed the World: How Covid-19 Slipped China’s Grasp. Chris Buckley, David D. Kirkpatrick, Amy Qin and Javier C. Hernández. December 30, 2020.

Bloomberg. China Is Making It Harder to Solve the Mystery of How Covid Began. December 30, 2020.

The New York Times. Chinese Citizen Journalist Sentenced to 4 Years for Covid Reporting. Vivian Wang. December 28, 2020.

ProPublica. Leaked Documents Show How China’s Army of Paid Internet Trolls Helped Censor the Coronavirus. Raymond Zhong, Paul Mozur, Aaron Krolik and Jeff Kao. December 19, 2020.

The New York Times. China peddles falsehoods to push the idea that the virus came from somewhere else. Javier C. Hernández. December 6, 2020.

Financial Times. Chinese media step up campaign to muddy probe into Covid origins. Christian Shepherd. November 26, 2020.

Sky News Australia. Released emails reveal ‘no truth or transparency’ in letter regarding origin of COVID-19. Sharri Markson. November 22, 2020.

GMWatch. Journals censor lab origin theory for SARS-CoV-2. Claire Robinson. July 16, 2020.

The Wall Street Journal. On the ground in Wuhan, signs of China stalling probe of coronavirus origins. Jeremy Page and Natasha Khan. May 12, 2020.


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