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    CNN host Jake Tapper slammed Hollywood, Silicon Valley and the NBA for being 'blinded' by Chinese cash while ignoring the Communist regime's human rights abuses.  Tapper criticized the American industries for their indifference amid ongoing fears over the safety of Chinese tennis champion Peng Shuai, who has been silenced after accusing former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault. He also slammed the IOC for moving forward with holding the Winter Games next year in Beijing. 'The millionaires and billionaires of Hollywood and the NBA and the IOC and Wall Street are all so eager for Chinese cash, they’re pretending none of this is happening,' Tapper said on his show State of the Union on Sunday. 'There is no amount of money that can buy enough soap to wash that blood off their hands.'    Amid the Women's Tennis Association's decision to pull future events in China over concern for tennis star Peng Shuai, @jaketapper examines China's alleged history of human rights abuses and questions if other organizations will put ethics over profit. #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/wOgsdM590w— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) December...
              moreby Sebastian Hughes   Several international organizations have demanded verifiable proof of tennis star Peng Shuai’s safety, but experts told the Daily Caller News Foundation that obtaining such evidence from the Chinese government is practically impossible. “Until the communist regime falls, Peng is probably going to remain under custody in China,” Gordon G. Chang, author of “The Coming Collapse of China,” told the DCNF. Peng  disappeared from public life after posting an accusation of sexual assault against former top Chinese official Zhang Gaoli. Though she has since reemerged, concern remains over her well-being. “I think probably, at this point, the endgame is that she’s allowed to leave the country,” Kelley Eckels Currie, former U.S. ambassador-at-large for Global Women’s Issues, told the DCNF. However, she said the probability of that happening was unlikely, and even if she did escape, “as long as she has family in the country, they’ll be able to … threaten her.” Currie said that Peng was unlikely to be harmed, but emphasized she was likely facing “intense psychological pressure” because the Chinese government would have made clear how...
    Listen to this episode of The Times: Apple Podcasts Spotify Stitcher Google Podcasts On Nov. 2, Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai published a letter on her verified social media account that accused a former top Chinese government official of sexual assault. Then suddenly, she disappeared. But it’s not just people with name recognition who are disappearing in the country. Human rights group Safeguard Defenders estimates that more than 45,000 people were subjected to a form of secret detention since President Xi Jinping assumed power in 2013. Today, we speak with L.A. Times Beijing Bureau Chief Alice Su, who has been investigating this phenomenon. And we’ll also hear from a writer who studies feminism in China. Host: Gustavo Arellano Guests: L.A. Times Beijing bureau chief Alice Su, and author Leta Hong Fincher More reading: They helped Chinese women, workers, the forgotten and dying. Then they disappeared Women’s tennis tour suspends events in China over Peng Shuai concerns EU wants ‘verifiable proof’ that Chinese tennis player...
    (CNN)Human rights activist Peter Dahlin says the International Olympic Committee's calls with Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai are putting her at "greater risk" and that they are "obviously staged."One of China's most recognizable sports stars, Peng publicly accused a former top Communist Party official, Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, of coercing her into sex at his home three years ago in a since-deleted social media post dated November 2.Peng was immediately muffled by blanket censorship and disappeared from public view for more than two weeks.The IOC says it has held two calls with Peng.According to the Olympic organization, its president, Thomas Bach, held a 30-minute video call with three-time Olympian Peng, alongside a Chinese sports official and an additional IOC representative on November 21. Read MoreOn Wednesday, the IOC held a second call with Peng and said that the Chinese tennis star "reconfirmed" that she was safe and well given the "difficult situation" she is in. "The practice of stage-managed appearances is most often referred to as forced televised confessions, though recently PRC [People's Republic of China] police will more often...
              more   Live from Music Row Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed all-star panelist and senior editor-at-large at The Epoch Times Roger Simon in-studio to discuss the possible whereabouts of professional Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai. Leahy: We are joined in studio by our very good friend, my former boss at PJTV, now an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter. Should have won it, by the way, Roger. And then also currently an editor at large with The Epoch Times. The great writer, Roger Simon. Good morning, Roger. Simon: Good morning. And where’s my coffee? Leahy: Yes, I forgot. I’ve got to get better at providing the appropriate libations for our morning guests here, Roger. Lots going on locally and nationally. Of course, we’ve got the hearing on the abortion case going on nationally. But I want to talk to you about an international case. You’re a tennis guy. I want to talk to you about the case of Peng Shuai. Is she alive?...
    Last week, Human Rights Watch addressed a public letter to the International Olympic Committee, a kleptocracy that owns and operates the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, calling on the IOC to stop promoting “Chinese state propaganda” regarding tennis star Peng Shuai’s sexual-assault allegations against former People’s Republic of China Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, and subsequent disappearance. “The IOC has vaulted itself from silence about Beijing’s abysmal human rights record to active collaboration with Chinese authorities in undermining freedom of speech and disregarding alleged sexual assault,” read the letter, quoting Yaqiu Wang, a policy researcher at Human Rights Watch. “The IOC appears to prize its relationship with a major human rights violator over the rights and safety of Olympic athletes.” There’s something bitterly funny about HRW shaming the IOC for promoting authoritarianism, because even a cursory reading of the history of the IOC is crystal clear on the matter: the IOC loves enabling authoritarianism. Can’t get enough of it. Telling the IOC to stop collaborating with violent, autocratic forces is like telling your dog to stop eating cat poop from...
    The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) “remains deeply concerned” that Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai “is not free from censorship or coercion.” In an email statement on Saturday, the WTA says CEO Steve Simon has attempted to reach out to Peng “via various communication channels,” including two emails “to which it was clear her responses were influenced by others.” Simon has therefore “decided not to re-engage via email until he was satisfied her responses were her own, and not those of her censors.” “The WTA remains concerned about her ability to communicate freely, openly, and directly,” the statement concludes. One of China’s most recognizable sports stars, `Peng publicly accused former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of coercing her into sex at his home, according to screenshots of a since-deleted social media post dated November 2. Following the accusation, Peng disappeared from public view, prompting several fellow tennis players to express worry on social media, using the hashtag #WhereIsPengShuai. On November 21, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said in a statement that its president, Thomas Bach, had a 30-minute video call with...
    Hong Kong (CNN)Before retiring as Vice Premier, Zhang Gaoli was the face of China's organizing efforts ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics.As the head of a government working group on the Beijing Games, Zhang inspected venue construction sites, visited athletes, unveiled official emblems, and held meeting after meeting to coordinate preparation work.He received International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach at the leadership compound in the Chinese capital in 2016, promising to make the Games "fantastic, extraordinary and excellent."But now, three years into his retirement and less than three months before the Olympics, Zhang has found himself at the center of an explosive #MeToo scandal that has prompted global uproar -- amplifying calls for a boycott of the Games that he helped organize. China's then-Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli meets with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach in Beijing on June 12, 2016. Zhang, 75, was accused by Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, 35, of sexual assault at his home after he retired three years ago. The two-time Grand Slam doubles champion also alleged a relationship with Zhang over an intermittent...
    The Chinese Foreign Ministry finally commented Tuesday on the case of tennis star Peng Shuai, who disappeared after making bombshell rape allegations against a senior Chinese Communist Party (CCP) official. After days of refusing to answer questions about Peng, the Foreign Ministry accused people around the world of “maliciously hyping up” and “politicizing” Peng’s story. Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian still insisted Peng’s case is “not a diplomatic matter” on Tuesday, but this time he added some comments about photos and videos released by the Chinese government to prove Peng is alive and well. “I believe you have all seen that she recently attended some public events and had a video call with IOC [International Olympic Committee] President Thomas Bach,” Zhao said. “I think some people should stop deliberately and maliciously hyping up, let alone politicize this issue,” he added. Peng, a major sports celebrity in China, disappeared shortly after writing a November 2 post on China’s Weibo social media platform in which she accused former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of forcing her to have sex a decade ago....
    The NBA, Nike and basketball star LeBron James have remained silent on the disappearance and concerns surrounding Chinese tennis star Peng Shaui after she made sexual assault allegations against a former senior Chinese Communist Party leader.  Fox News reached out to the NBA’s press team, as well as to Upland Workshop - an advisory company founded and led by James’ spokesman and advisor Adam Mendelsohn - for comment on Peng’s disappearance and questions over her safety. Fox News did not receive responses.  A search of the Twitter accounts belonging to the NBA and James also show no comment about the tennis star. There are also no press releases on the NBA’s website about the matter.  MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 15: Shuai Peng of China reacts in her first round match against Eugene Bouchard of Canada during day two of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia.(Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images) ((Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images)) The NBA and James, however, have both weighed in on Kyle Rittenhouse. The NBA released a statement...
    A global clamour is growing, which even the closed ears of Beijing’s totalitarian elite have found impossible to shut out. ‘Where is Peng Shuai,' the world wants to know. And ‘Is Peng Shuai safe?’ For those still unaware, Peng is the Chinese tennis star who disappeared from public view three weeks ago, after using local social media to accuse one of the country’s former vice-premiers of committing a serious sexual assault on her. The fallout from her whistleblowing has been instructive. And chilling. Much has been said and written by Chinese apologists, partners and investors about the nation’s technological and infrastructure advancements. What is also clear, though, is that the Chinese regime has a very different approach to female emancipation and the exigencies of the #MeToo era. Peng is the Chinese tennis star who disappeared from public view three weeks ago, after using local social media to accuse one of the country’s former vice-premiers of committing a serious sexual assault on her What is also clear, though, is that the Chinese regime has a very different approach to female emancipation...
    CNN put China's efforts to censor the growing controversy of the missing Chinese tennis superstar on full display.  There has been an international outcry over the disappearance of Peng Shuai, who has not been seen in public ever since she accused a former member of the Communist Party’s ruling Standing Committee of sexual assault. #METOO, FEMINIST ORGANIZATIONS SILENT ON CHINESE TENNIS STAR'S DISAPPEARANCE AFTER ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS While discussing the latest developments surrounding Shuai on "New Day," CNN had a box on display labeled "live feed in China," showing the network's coverage on a slight delay from the American broadcast.  But just moments in a report addressing Shuai, CNN's live feed can be seen being cut, being replaced with color bars.  "I want to explain to viewers what is happening on our screen right now because underneath your face, they can see a box which is the actual live feed of this broadcast in China but its all color bars," CNN anchor John Berman told correspondent Will Ripley, who was reporting live from Taiwan. "It went to color bars the minute...
    Prominent feminist organizations in the U.S. have so far remained silent on the disappearance and ongoing concern over Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, who accused a former member of the Communist Party’s ruling Standing Committee of sexual assault.  Fox News reached out to the press offices for the National Organization for Women, Time’s Up and "me too. Movement" for comment on her disappearance and questions over her safety after she resurfaced in recent photos and videos. None of the organizations responded to the inquiries.  Fox News also examined the Twitter pages and press release pages for the groups and did not see statements on Peng.  Me Too and Time's Up were both formed to raise awareness and support for women who have been sexually assaulted or harassed. NOW was established in 1966 and is America's largest organization of feminists.  While the NOW, Me Too, and Time’s Up have not commented on the matter, the groups have issued recent comments on sexual assault against women in the international community and the treatment of women in the sports world.  "Women have a...
    The Chinese Communist Party flooded social media this weekend with images of Peng Shuai, a tennis champion who disappeared after accusing a senior communist of raping her, insisting she was neither missing nor in danger. The International Olympic Committee (IOC), one of the world’s top enablers of human rights abuses in China, also published a photo allegedly showing its president, Thomas Bach, speaking to Peng on a video call. The screen showing Peng appeared blurred in the photo and the image offered no indication of when it was taken. China is hosting the Winter Olympics next year despite global outrage at granting that honor to a nation that, in addition to apparently disappearing top athletes when politically expedient, is currently engaging in genocide, among other human rights atrocities. The Chinese government propaganda newspaper Global Times‘ editor, Hu Xijin, published undated videos on Saturday that allegedly showed Peng at a teen tennis tournament in Beijing and dining at a restaurant. The images surfaced after the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) threatened to withdraw all of its business from China in response to Peng’s...
    Hong Kong (CNN)Almost as abruptly as she had vanished, Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai reappeared in public view over the weekend.Since Friday evening, a steady stream of photos and videos purporting to show a smiling Peng going about her life in Beijing have surfaced on Twitter -- all posted by individuals working for Chinese government-controlled media and the state sport system, on a platform blocked in China.The apparent propaganda push was followed Sunday by a video call between Peng and International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach, during which the three-time Olympian insisted she is "safe and well, living at her home in Beijing" and "would like to have her privacy respected," according to a statement from the IOC.The flurry of "proof of life" videos came amid a firestorm of global concern for Peng, who disappeared from the public eye for more than two weeks after taking to social media to accuse former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of coercing her into sex at his home -- an explosive and politically sensitive allegation that triggered blanket censorship in China.While Peng's public...
              moreby Roger Kaplan   In early November, the Chinese (PRC) tennis star Peng Shuai wrote on her blog that she had been aggressed in 2018 by a Communist Party boss and vice-premier, Zhang Gaoli, who made her his concubine. The blog post, on the Chinese social media platform Weibo, was removed in less time than it takes to play a set, 20 minutes.  Peng’s glory days as an athlete were in the mid-teens, when she was the first Chinese tennis player to reach a no. 1 ranking; hers was in doubles. In that format she won Wimbledon 2013 and Roland-Garros 2014, partnering with the Taiwan (Free China) player Hsieh Su-wei (at a time when the Chicoms were offering Hsieh big bucks to defect to their side); Peng was also strong in singles, ranked no. 14.   Peng has not been seen in public or heard from since her blog was censured.  A transparently faked message that she is well, at home and resting, was put out on a Communist-controlled social media platform over her signature, but it has gained no credibility. Peng’s...
    TENNIS star Peng Shuai appears to be safe and well after speaking with Olympic officials in a video call. The Chinese doubles specialist was feared to have vanished after making allegations of sexual assault against senior minister Zhang Gaoli. 3Peng Shuai made allegations of sexual assault against politician Zhang GaoliCredit: AP But now the International Olympic Committee says its president Thomas Bach has spoken to the 35-year-old in a half-hour video conference. IOC Athletes’ Commission chief Emma Terho also sat in on the call. She said: “I was relieved to see that Peng Shuai was doing fine, which was our main concern. “She appeared to be relaxed. I offered her our support and to stay in touch at any time of her convenience, which she obviously appreciated.” The IOC released a statement in which they said Peng claimed to be at home in Beijing but asked for her privacy to be respected. Bach reportedly invited her to meet him for dinner when he visits China in January, which she agreed to. Peng had disappeared from public for almost three weeks...
    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said Sunday that organization leadership held a 30-minute call with Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai.  Peng, 35, wrote a post on Weibo, a Chinese social media platform, alleging sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of China's former vice-premier Zhang Gaoli. Peng claimed Zhang, 75, forced her to have sex despite repeated refusals following a round of tennis three years ago.  NEW CHINESE-MEDIA PENG SHUAI VIDEO ‘INSUFFICIENT,’ WTA MAINTAINS THREAT TO PULL TOURNAMENT The post was quickly deleted and Peng disappeared from social media and public view for two weeks. Tennis players and officials, led by Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) CEO Steve Simon, are demanding a full investigation into Peng’s claims as well as assurances of her safety and wellbeing.  IOC President Thomas Bach speaks with Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai via video call on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021.  (Courtesy the International Olympics Committe) Beijing released videos and pictures of Peng making limited public appearances over the past few days, culminating in a conversation Sunday between Peng, IOC President Thomas Bach, IOC Athletes’ Commission Chair Emma Terho, and...
    Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., warned the United States must not "turn a blind eye" to Chinese abuses after Tennis star Peng Shuai reportedly went missing shortly after alleging the former vice premier sexually assaulted her earlier this month.  NEW CHINESE-MEDIA PENG SHUAI VIDEO ‘INSUFFICIENT,’ WTA MAINTAINS THREAT TO PULL TOURNAMENT The Florida congressman discussed the athlete's reported disappearance on "Fox & Friends Weekend" Sunday and the letter he sent to the Chinese government demanding answers.  "Imagine if the number one tennis star, a major sports celebrity in the United States, leveled a sexual assault allegation, a very credible one, saying that a major political figure like the vice president had abused them for years and then that athlete just disappeared off the face of the Earth," Rep. Waltz posited.  "That's what's happened in China... Everything's been censored, and now she's gone, and so the letter that we sent to the ambassador said, stop with the censorship, give us verifiable proof of her health and safety, and this needs to be fully investigated," Rep. Waltz explained.  FILE - Peng Shuai...
    (CNN)International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach held a video phone call with three-time Olympian Peng Shuai, the Olympics governing body announced on Sunday. The two were accompanied on the video call by Chair of the Athletes' Commission Emma Terho and IOC Member in China Li Lingwei. CNN was not given access to the video."At the beginning of the 30-minute call, Peng Shuai thanked the IOC for its concern about her well-being," according to the IOC statement. "She explained that she is safe and well, living at her home in Beijing, but would like to have her privacy respected at this time. That is why she prefers to spend her time with friends and family right now. "Nevertheless, she will continue to be involved in tennis, the sport she loves so much."Read More"I was relieved to see that Peng Shuai was doing fine, which was our main concern," said Terho. "She appeared to be relaxed. I offered her our support and to stay in touch at any time of her convenience, which she obviously appreciated."According to the IOC, Peng accepted...
    BEIJING -- Missing tennis star Peng Shuai reappeared in public Sunday at a youth tournament in Beijing, according to photos released by the organizer, as the ruling Communist Party tried to quell fears abroad while suppressing information in China about Peng after she accused a senior leader of sexual assault.The post by the China Open on the Weibo social media service made no mention of Peng's disappearance or her accusation. The three-time Olympian and former Wimbledon champion was shown standing beside a court, waving and signing oversize commemorative tennis balls for children.SEE ALSO | Players demand answers after tennis star who accused former Chinese leader of sex assault goes quietThe ruling party appears to be trying to defuse alarm about Peng without acknowledging her disappearance after she on Nov. 2 accused Zhang Gaoli, a member of the party's ruling Standing Committee until 2018, of forcing her to have sex.Peng's disappearance and official silence in response to appeals for information prompted calls for a boycott of the Winter Olympics in Beijing in February, a prestige event for the Communist Party. The...
    New video of tennis star Peng Shuai released by Chinese state media on Sunday has stoked skepticism about her well being. The footage, which was tweeted by the editor of state newspaper Global Times—even though Twitter is banned in China—shows Peng signing giant tennis balls held by children and waving to what may or may not be a crowd in front of her. Immediately, the spokesperson for the World Tennis Association, which Friday said it would boycott China if she is not heard from soon, called the footage “insufficient.” Steve Simon, the WTA chief, said they have tried unsuccessfully to reach her since she made stunning allegations of sexual harassment against the former vice president Zhang Gaoli Nov. 2. “While it is positive to see her, it remains unclear if she is free and able to make decisions and take actions on her own, without coercion or external interference,” Simon said. “This video alone is insufficient. As I have stated from the beginning, I remain concerned about Peng Shuai’s health and safety and that the allegation of sexual assault...
    TENNIS star Peng Shuai has been pictured at a juniors' tennis event in Beijing after she was recently reported missing amid sexual assault allegations. The 35-year-old recently vanished after she made an allegation of sexual assault against former senior Chinese vice premier Zhang Gaoli. 3Peng Shuai was pictured signing giant tennis balls for children participating in a juniors' event in BeijingCredit: Reuters 3The tennis star could be seen smiling as she interacted with the youngstersCredit: Reuters 3The pictures signal Shuai's first public appearance since her disappearance on 3 NovemberCredit: Reuters But she has since been pictured signing tennis balls at the opening ceremony of the Junior Tennis Challenger Finals in Beijing. The former doubles world no. 1 hadn't been seen since November 3 after releasing a post detailing the allegations on social media. And a prominent figure within the Chinese state media quickly claimed that Peng Shuai would 'show up soon', following public outcry about her disappearance. The Chinese state media then recently shared an email alleged to be from Shuai claiming that "everything is fine" and that she is...
    The apparent disappearance of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai has attracted the attention of the United Nations, Serena Williams, members of the U.S. Congress, and other international, high-profile individuals. Peng, 35, seemingly had her social media censored by the Chinese government and had not been seen for weeks since she accused a former vice-premier of China of sexual assault. Celebrities and organizations that have typically been reluctant to speak out against human rights concerns in China have expressed their concerns over the case. "What we would say is that it would be important to have proof of her whereabouts and well-being, and we would urge that there be an investigation with full transparency into her allegations of sexual assault," a spokesperson for the U.N. Human Rights Office told reporters Friday, according to CNN . PENG SHUAI: WHO IS THE CHINESE TENNIS PLAYER AND HAS SHE GONE MISSING? Peng accused Zhang Gaoli, a former vice-premier of China, of forcing her to have sex with him. She made the accusation in a Nov. 2 post on Chinese...
    Hong Kong (CNN)New video of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai released on Saturday is insufficient to allay concerns about her health and safety, the head of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) said.Peng, who is one of China's most recognizable sports stars, had accused former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of coercing her into sex at his home, according to screenshots of a since-deleted social media post dated November 2. But there has been no verifiable direct communication with Peng since that time.Simon on Saturday expressed relief at seeing Peng, but he said, "it remains unclear if she is free and able to make decisions and take actions on her own, without coercion or external interference."CNN has been unable to independently verify the videos or confirm when they were filmed."This video alone is insufficient. As I have stated from the beginning, I remain concerned about Peng Shuai's health and safety and that the allegation of sexual assault is being censored and swept under the rug. I have been clear about what needs to happen and our relationship with China is at a...
    See Hilary Duff and Her How I Met Your Father Co-Stars Reveal the Premiere Date TJ Maxx is raising prices on some upscale brands A troubling story about missing Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai turned into a full-blown international controversy Wednesday afternoon when the WTA Tour for all intents and purposes called out China’s dubious state-run media for lying, then doubled down on its support for Shuai and all women in the fight against sexual assault. © FRED DUFOUR, AFP via Getty Images This file photo taken on October 3, 2016 shows China's Peng Shuai reacting after beating Venus Williams at the China Open. The WTA's strong words came little more than an hour after Shuai’s name resurfaced in a bizarre post on the CGTN Twitter feed, more than two weeks after the three-time Olympian accused a former high-ranking Chinese official of sexual assault, then went missing as her accusatory social media post was deleted.  In the state-run media post Wednesday, Shuai denied everything in a statement that is best described as beyond belief. From NFL plays to college...
    A Chinese tennis player who made sexual assault allegations against a government official has reportedly not been seen or heard from in days, People reported. Former doubles champion Peng Shuai’s whereabouts are unknown days after she accused former vice premier Zhang Gaoli of coercing her into sex several years ago in a Nov. 2 post on Weibo, People reported. “Why did you have to come back to me, took me to your home to force me to have sex with you? Yes, I did not have any evidence, and it was simply impossible to have evidence,” Peng wrote in her post, which is an open letter to Zhang, CNN reported. “I couldn’t describe how disgusted I was, and how many times I asked myself am I still a human? I feel like a walking corpse. Every day I was acting, which person is the real me?” she added. The post was deleted about 30 minutes after it went online, and Peng’s accusations were met with blanket censorship by the Chinese government, which attempted to wipe the internet of the scandal, CNN...
    BEIJING -- Tennis star Naomi Osaka says she's been shocked to hear about a fellow player who has gone quiet since making a sexual assault allegation against a former top government official in China.The Japanese former No. 1-ranked, four-time major winner posted on social media on Wednesday to join those asking: where is Peng Shuai? . #WhereIsPengShuai pic.twitter.com/51qcyDtzLq— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) November 16, 2021In a Twitter post - under the hashtag WhereIsPengShuai - Osaka wrote: "Not sure if you've been following the news but I was recently informed of a fellow tennis player that has gone missing shortly after revealing that she has been sexually abused. Censorship is never ok at any cost."The 24-year-old Osaka, who hasn't played at tour-level since her U.S. Open title defense ended in a third-round loss in September, said she hoped Peng and her family "are safe and ok.""I'm in shock of the current situation," she wrote, "and I'm sending love and light her way."Other leading players including men's No. 1 Novak Djokovic expressed shock at the situation, and the organizers of the women's and men's...
    Hong Kong (CNN)Tennis superstar Naomi Osaka has become the latest athlete to voice concern over Peng Shuai, who has not been seen in public since accusing a former Chinese state leader of sexual assault."Censorship is never OK at any cost, I hope Peng Shuai and her family are safe and OK. I'm in shock of the current situation and I'm sending love and light her way," Osaka said as part of a Twitter statement on Tuesday. She included the hashtag #WhereIsPengShuai.Peng, one of China's most recognizable tennis stars, accused former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of coercing her into sex at his home three years ago, according to screenshots of a since-deleted social media post dated November 2. Peng's post on Weibo, China's Twitter-like platform, was deleted within 30 minutes of publication, with Chinese censors moving swiftly to wipe out any mention of the accusation online. Read MoreChinese tennis star accuses former top Communist Party leader of sexual assault, triggering blanket censorshipPeng has not been seen in public since the accusation and her whereabouts have not been publicly disclosed. Her Weibo...
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