China’s silenced feminist: How Sophia Huang Xueqin went lacking

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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 summer time of 2021, Sophia was awarded a prestigious Chevening scholarship funded by the British authorities to pursue gender research on the University of Sussex. But in September, on the best way to the airport to catch her flight to the United Kingdom, Sophia and fellow activist Wang Jianbing “vanished.”

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

Now, as the 2 are anticipated to face trial for “inciting subversion of state power,” BBC Eye investigates how Sophia’s story is being erased, how China’s censors are finishing up a disinformation marketing campaign in opposition to her and why within the UK, there’s been silence surrounding her case.

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Reporter: Jessie Lau

Producers: Riddhi Jha, Jessie Lau, and Manisha Ganguly

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Executive producers: Daisy Ayliffe and Mustafa Khalili

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