Sophie McNeill,

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Past articles by Sophie:

How Australia's 'panic and neglect' funding cycle has left us vulnerable to pandemics like coronavirus

A leader at one of Australia's most-promising COVID-19 vaccine project says basic research is "horribly underfunded". → Read More

When their government stopped protecting the Amazon, these tribes took it into their own hands

A growing demand for timber, beef and soy is fuelling the destruction of the Amazon. As criminal networks operate with impunity, those trying to defend the rainforest face a life or death battle. → Read More

Cotton On and Target Australia stop buying cotton from Xinjiang over human rights concerns

The Australian branches of Jeanswest, Dangerfield, Ikea and H&M also source cotton from China's Xinjiang province, which is described by the UN as resembling a mass internment camp. → Read More

How Hong Kong's frontliners are outfoxing police and standing up to China

Like a flash mob, they appear and then dissolve back into the city once their task is complete. They carry cable ties, gas masks and spare clothes, and they need to be able to outrun the police. These are Hong Kong's frontliners. → Read More

Australian universities linked to Chinese surveillance technology

Two Australian universities are now reviewing funding and research approval procedures after a Four Corners investigation into Beijing's mass incarceration of its Muslim citizens. → Read More

Australian unis linked to surveillance and 'racial profiling' tech used by Chinese government

Two Australian universities have announced reviews over links to technology that is being used to carry out mass human rights abuses by the Chinese government. → Read More

Investigation reveals forced labour in Chinese textile factories

Garment companies Target and Cotton On have announced they'll review their supply chains after a Four Corners investigation into the use of forced labour in textile factories in north-western China. → Read More

The Missing: Meet the families torn apart by China's crackdown on Uyghurs

Lutfy is an Australian citizen but like millions of people in China's northern province of Xinjiang, he's essentially being held prisoner. In some cases, entire families have been rounded up and put into re-education camps or forced labour. → Read More

How Four Corners journalist Sophie McNeill revealed the plight of Saudi teen Rahaf Al Qunun

Four Corners reporter Sophie McNeill tells of the hours she spent barricaded in a Bangkok airport hotel room with Rahaf Al Qunun, who made global headlines in January when she tried to seek asylum in Australia. → Read More

Women are trying to escape Saudi Arabia. Not all of them make it

Shahad's father beat her constantly but when she complained to her mother, he beat them both. She says her only option was to risk her life and escape Saudi Arabia. → Read More

Australian Border Force accused of targeting women suspected of fleeing Saudi Arabia

Witnesses and activists say Australian Border Force officers are targeting Saudi Arabian women whom they suspect will apply for asylum and blocking them from entering the country when they arrive at Australian airports. → Read More

Saudi teen Rahaf Alqunun reacts to Australian resettlement option with smile, dancing emojis

Saudi teenager Rahaf Alqunun's first reaction to the news Australia might resettle her was disbelief, then emojis. → Read More

'I'm black … I'm seen as a threat': Crime and panic on the streets of Melbourne

Four Corners spent weeks in the city and its outer suburbs with members of the Sudanese community, victims of crime, police and the judiciary, to hear their side of the African crime story. → Read More

Media coverage of African offenders 'skewed', warns Melbourne chief judge

If you're African and you end up before the courts, rest assured your case will hit the news, warns Melbourne's Chief Judge. → Read More

Malka Leifer: Judge says former Melbourne principal accused of child abuse can be freed from detention in Israel

There were angry scenes outside a Jerusalem court as an Israeli judge ruled former Melbourne principal Malka Leifer could be freed from police custody to home detention. → Read More

Syria ceasefire: Aid blocked from entering Ghouta, violence continues despite UN resolution

It has been five days since the UN Security Council called for an urgent ceasefire across Syria and for aid to be allowed into Eastern Ghouta, but so far there has been no delivery of any humanitarian supplies to the besieged enclave. → Read More

Israeli court told alleged sex offender Malka Leifer is fit to stand trial in Australia

An Israeli state attorney says a new psychiatric assessment of a former Melbourne school principal wanted on 74 charges of child sexual abuse has found she is fit to stand trial. → Read More

Civilians are still dying under regime bombs in Syria, despite UN ceasefire agreement

Just a few hours after a unanimous vote demanding a ceasefire without delay across Syria, a rescue worker pulled a bloodied baby from a destroyed building in the besieged rebel held enclave of eastern Ghouta. → Read More

Why the trial of Ahed Tamimi, who slapped an Israeli soldier, is gaining international attention

The trial of a 17-year-old Palestinian teenager arrested for slapping an Israeli soldier is generating headlines around the world, with the UN, Amnesty and Human Rights Watch calling for her release. → Read More

Syria war: More than 70 killed in rebel-held Ghouta as UN warns situation 'spiralling out of control'

A massive surge in attacks by the Syrian Government and its allies kills more than 70 people in the rebel-held eastern Ghouta pocket near Damascus in the past 24 hours, war monitors say. → Read More