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 awarded a prestigious Chevening scholarship funded by the British authorities to pursue gender research on the College of Sussex. However in September, on the best way 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 wider state crackdown on activists in recent times.
Now, as the 2 are anticipated to face trial for “inciting subversion of state energy,” 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.
Reporter: Jessie Lau
Producers: Riddhi Jha, Jessie Lau, and Manisha Ganguly
Government producers: Daisy Ayliffe and Mustafa Khalili