Amid the worldwide controversy over the Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai who disappeared after denouncing having been raped by a high official of the CCP, the Chinese communist regime, through its propaganda media published alleged photos where she appears “happy” at home, but media analysts immediately noticed an error that casts serious doubts on the integrity of the images.
Once considered the best doubles player in tennis, Peng Shuai disappeared last November 2 after she reported on her Weibo account, the Chinese social network, that the former vice-premier of China, Zhang Gaoli, sexually abused her.
The post was quickly removed by the Chinese regime that controls the flow of Internet information in China. Still, her post managed to circulate on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and went viral, given Peng’s high profile.
Famous tennis voices such as Serena Williams, Novac Djokovic, and Andy Murray publicly called for the appearance of the Chinese tennis player and the World Tennis Association (WTA), threatened the communist regime to withdraw the tennis tournaments in China if Peng Shuai did not appear alive.
To “dispel” the worldwide condemnation and the possibility of losing a lucrative business like tennis tournaments, the CCP used its propaganda means to show that Peng was alive, well, and happy.
First, the CGTN released an email purportedly from Peng telling everyone that it is not true that she had reported sexual abuse, that she was fine, and to stop publishing fake news without her prior consent.
WTA president Steve Simon doubted that such an email had been written by Peng Shuai and assured that the tennis player had not contacted the organization, nor can anyone explain why the tennis player would use Chinese state media to show that she was okay.
In his latest attempt to show that Peng Shuai is fine, a CGTN reporter used his Twitter account, ironically banned in China, to post photos and videos of the tennis player.
In the photo, Peng Shuai is seen in what appears to be her room with a portrait frame showing her with a large Winnie the Pooh, a Disney character banned in China because in the past they used to use his image to make fun of Chinese leader Xi Jinping for his similarity to the teddy bear.
In another photo, Peng Shuai holds up her pet, surrounded by stuffed animals.
Other posts by the CGTN journalist show videos of the tennis player having lunch with “friends” and “family.”
While it could be Peng Shuai in the photos and videos, the tennis player’s well-being remains in doubt because:
First, the CCP has not allowed Peng Shuai to communicate with anyone outside of China.
Second, why is a state media publishing the images of the “happy” tennis player and not her directly.
Third why Peng would deny her claim of being raped after risking her life to do so in a country like China, where the communist authorities can make people disappear and torture them at will.
U.S., UN and Olympic Committee add pressure on CCP
Despite the “proof” of Peng Shuai’s life, White House press secretary Jen Psaki also joined international calls for the Chinese tennis player to be found alive.
“We join in the calls for [Chinese] authorities to provide independent and verifiable proof of her whereabouts and that she is safe,” Psaki told reporters at a briefing according to Business Insider.
“Any report of sexual assault should be investigated and we support a woman’s ability to speak out and seek accountability, whether here or around the world,” Psaki added.
Liz Throssell, spokesperson for the UN Human Rights Office said Friday according to Daily Mail, “It would be important to have proof of her whereabouts and well-being. We are calling for an investigation with full transparency into her allegation of sexual assault.”
Dick Pound, vice president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), for the first time since the international community has called for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics over the CCP’s human rights violations, referred to Peng Shuai’s disappearance and warned the Chinese regime of possible retaliation.
“If that’s not resolved in a sensible way very soon it may spin out of control. It may (force IOC into taking a harder line),” Pound, the IOC’s most senior member, told Reuters.
“Whether that escalates to a cessation of the Olympic Games I doubt it. But you never know,” the vice president declared, leaving in doubt what the IOC will ultimately do to deal with the Chinese Communist Party’s human rights violations.