Award Li Wenliang the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Award Li Wenliang the Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Li Wenliang, a physician at Wuhan Central Hospital, raised the alarm of the coronavirus in December. After seeing patient reports discussing a new “SARS Coronavirus,” he warned colleagues via an internet chat room on Dec. 30 and urged them to “take caution.”  
When Li’s warnings circulated widely, Wuhan police “summoned” him as a “rumourmonger,” giving him and others admonishment on Jan 3. A week later the 33 year old developed the virus and died on February 7th.

By raising concerns about the novel coronavirus before the Chinese Communist Party authorities wanted the truth to get out to the world, Li’s actions meet the medal’s criteria of making “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace... or other significant public or private endeavors.” 
Awarding the Medal of Freedom to Li Wenliang would recognize THE ROLE OF FREE SPEECH in maintaining a HEALTHY SOCIETY and serve as a FITTING TRIBUTE to the role that millions of other FIRST RESPONDERS are playing in this pandemic.

Note: The majority of this summary was derived from an article by Chris Jacobs in the Wall Street Journal on April 2, 2020.

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