China Expels French Reporter Who Questioned Terrorism

The Epoch Times
Date: December 27, 2015
By Associated Press

BEIJING—China said Saturday that it will not renew press credentials for a French

French journalist Ursula Gauthier, a reporter for the French news magazine L'Obs, holds a statement criticizing her from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs as she sits at her desk in her apartment in Beijing, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
French journalist Ursula Gauthier, a reporter for the French news magazine L’Obs, holds a statement criticizing her from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs as she sits at her desk in her apartment in Beijing, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

journalist, effectively expelling her following a harsh media campaign against her for questioning the official line equating ethnic violence in China’s western Muslim region with global terrorism.

Expecting the move, Ursula Gauthier, a longtime journalist for the French news magazine L’Obs, said late Friday night that she was prepared to leave China.

Once she departs on Dec. 31, she will become the first foreign journalist forced to leave China since 2012, when American Melissa Chan, then working for Al Jazeera in Beijing, was expelled.

“They want a public apology for things that I have not written,” Gauthier said. “They are accusing me of writing things that I have not written.”

Gauthier on Saturday called the accusations “absurd” and said that emboldening terrorism is morally and legally wrong. “I should be legally [prosecuted] if that’s the case,” she said.     [FULL  STORY]

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