On Nov. 2, Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, 35, accused China’s former vice premier, Zhang Gaoli, of sexual assault again in 2017 by way of Weibo, a Chinese social media app. The submit was swiftly deleted, and Peng Shuai appeared to vanish from public view. The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), World Tennis Association, and distinguished members of the tennis neighborhood took to social media to demand proof of life and lift consciousness on Peng Shuai’s absence.
Staged Situations Drive Concerns
Tennis gamers corresponding to Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka, together with WTA CEO Steve Simon, are demanding a full investigation into Peng’s absence from the general public scene and media in addition to into her claims of rape.
Last week, CGTN, a state-owned TV outlet, posted an electronic mail on-line supposedly despatched from Peng Shuai to Simon, however he stated the e-mail solely furthered his considerations in regards to the tennis participant’s well-being. The electronic mail didn’t replicate the real nature of her allegations. Simon, in response, threatened to drag all deliberate tournaments in China except authorities present proof that Peng Shuai is secure and her allegations are being taken significantly.
Simon isn’t the one one skeptical of the authenticity of the posts shared by Chinese media. Sophia Richardson, the China director at Human Rights Watch, stated that except Peng Shuai seems in public “clearly speaking freely,” the group will stay displeased.
Another state-affiliated media supply shared photographs Peng posted in WeChat in resp…