As the issue of the disappearance of Peng Shuai has been lingering in the background of the Beijing Olympics – appearing regularly at press conferences during the games – the Chinese regime in an attempt to silence critics and settle doubts arranged for the French sports magazine L’Equipe to ”interview” the tennis star.
The word ”interview” is in quotation marks due to the not so journalistic demands L’Equipe had to follow in order to be grated a meeting with Peng Shuai.
As Associated Press reported, not only did the magazine have to send its questions beforehand. It also had to promise to publish the interview word by word, limiting the opportunity for follow-up questions, and accept the fact that a Chinese official was not only supervising but also translating the dialogue, never mind that Peng Shuai is a fluent English speaker.
Again, the Chinese government’s actions to bury the Peng Shuai case created more questions than it answered, especially when Chinese officials are viewed in the room even when Peng Shuai was having her photos taken:
Winter Olympics: Peng Shuai gives 'forced confession' in interview. Her Chinese security services minders can be seen in the reflection of the mirror. https://t.co/xk4shbss8b
— Bill Browder (@Billbrowder) February 8, 2022
Is it the same Chinese official being reflected in the mirror, as is guarding the unsurmountable net between Peng Shuai and media in the cartoon above? Only cartoonist Niklas ”@KluddNiklas” Eriksson knows.
This week’s cartoon can be viewed in full size via this link.
A full collection of Kludd-Niklas’ works for Kinamedia can be seen here.