Vicky Xu is a young Chinese researcher and journalist based in Australia. She is known for her reports on Uighur Muslims’ treatment in Xinjiang. Xu has been the victim of real harassment on Chinese social networks by agents acting on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to tarnish her reputation.

As in other situations, the CCP targets an opponent and starts a virtual smear campaign based on lies and defamation that quickly go viral on social networks. In this way, the regime manages to install in millions of people, generally Chinese citizens, a bad image of that person who dared to denounce the Party or speak ill of it. 

Journalist Vicky Xu, last week, was surprised to see that her name was trending in Chinese social networks, with millions of visits and thousands of negative comments against her, reported the Washington Post.

Xu was part of a team that documented the abuses of Uighurs in China’s Xinjiang region last year, and that aroused the CCP’s ire. The spate of attacks published and republished by state media and nationalist bloggers followed a series of similar accusations and insults.

Xu was accused of being a traitor, a pawn controlled by the West, and was sometimes referred to as a “female demon.”

Queries on her name yielded thousands of results, including videos claiming to reveal details of her love life, calling her “promiscuous” and “drug-infested.”

On Weibo, China’s most widely used social network, people have called for her family to be tracked down and ordered to apologize for raising such a daughter. Others said Xu should never be allowed to return to China. “Meet a traitor, kill a traitor,” another user threatened. 

“As someone who analyzes propaganda activities for a job, I can see it’s clearly a coordinated attack,” Xu said in her defense.“At this point, the Chinese government has made it abundantly clear that if you want to keep talking about Xinjiang, the Chinese state would not treat you nicely.”

Xu has recently taken to Twitter to shed light on the situation and expose the CCP’s online disinformation efforts. Recently Xu was also censored from the Weibo social network, leaving her with no chance to defend herself from the attacks perpetrated against her image.

Regarding the alleged sex video in which she was allegedly involved, Xu said Tuesday on her Twitter account, “It seems some are under the impression that there exists a fake sex tape of me made by the Chinese government. This is false, as far as I’m aware anyway. What they made was a YouTube video that told fictional stories about my ex-boyfriends, now taken down.”

In 2019, when Xu was working for the New York Times in Sydney, she reported a case involving the detention of two Uighurs in a brainwashing center. Following that report, her friends and family in China began to be detained, interrogated, and harassed by CCP officials. 

Despite the intimidating attacks, insults, and smear campaign, Xu warned the Chinese Communist regime that she will continue to fight and “dodge” their threats.