Journalist linked to Chinese state press publishes video of Peng Shuai

Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai during the 2020 Australian Open match. Athlete has been missing since early November.| Photo: Francis Malasig/EFE/EPA

Another Twitter account linked to Chinese state media has published images of tennis player Peng Shuai – missing since early November after accusing a former Chinese deputy prime minister of sexual abuse – in an attempt to show she would be okay. On Saturday, Hu Xijin posted a video of what appears to be a teen tennis tournament that ended this weekend, in which Peng appears alongside officials. According to the BBC, this is the third Peng video published by the same profile – in the other two, the athlete appears having dinner with the coach and friends.

As in the previous cases – an alleged e-mail sent by Peng denying the accusations that she herself had made, and photos published by another journalist from a state-owned vehicle – representatives of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) considered that the video does not prove that that Peng is safe. According to the BBC, experts are still raising doubts about a possible editing of the video and a posture considered artificial, a sign that, if the records are recent, Peng would be forced to act as if he were fine.

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