China expels French journalist after report on Uighurs

China expels French journalist who published news about China’s misconduct over Uighur minority

Photo by: AFP (Archive)
Photo by: AFP (Archive)

Ursula Gauthier, pictured on February 6, 2003, must issue a public apology for an article she wrote or China's foreign ministry will not renew her press credentials, set to expire at the end of this month

Updated Dec 26, 2015

L’Obs news magazine reported on Friday that China will expel a French Journalist who criticised the country’s maltreatment of the Uighur minority in the north-western region of Xinjiang.

China took the decision after the Journalist published a story which suggested that China was using the Paris attack to justify its crackdown on the Uighur people.

Ursula Gauthier, the magazine’s Beijing correspondent was the subject of editorials in the state-controlled media and has also received death threats, L’Obs said.

Gauthier is expected to leave China by Dec. 31.

According to several media reports, the Chinese ministry of foreign affairs had asked her to publicly withdraw her report.

L’Obs news magazine published the controversial news at a time when France and China were strengthening their economic, cultural and diplomatic relations.

The French foreign ministry has released a brief statement regretting that her visa was not renewed.

"France would like to remind how important it is for journalists to be able to work everywhere in the world."

TRTWorld and agencies