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BBC Eye investigates the disappearance of Sophia Huang Xueqin, a high-profile feminist journalist who kick-started China’s #MeToo motion.

In the summertime of 2021, Sophia was once awarded a prestigious Chevening scholarship funded via the British executive to pursue gender research on the College of Sussex. However in September, on how to the airport to catch her flight to the UK, Sophia and fellow activist Wang Jianbing “vanished.”

Sophia and Jianbing are amongst tens of hundreds in China being rounded up and detained in a much wider state crackdown on activists in recent times.

Now, as the 2 are anticipated to stand trial for “inciting subversion of state energy,” BBC Eye investigates how Sophia’s tale is being erased, how China’s censors are wearing out a disinformation marketing campaign towards her and why in the United Kingdom, there’s been silence surrounding her case.

Reporter: Jessie Lau

Manufacturers: Riddhi Jha, Jessie Lau, and Manisha Ganguly

Government manufacturers: Daisy Ayliffe and Mustafa Khalili



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