Journalist facing expulsion a ‘flagrant champion’ of terrorism – China

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BEIJING: China confirmed the imminent expulsion of a French journalist in the first such case since 2012, accusing her of “flagrantly championing” terrorist acts in a statement on its foreign ministry’s website Saturday. Ursula Gauthier, a Beijing-based correspondent for French news magazine L’Obs, must issue a public apology for an article she wrote last month or China’s foreign ministry will not renew her press credentials, officials told Gauthier on Christmas Day. Her essay “flagrantly championed acts of terrorism and acts of cruelly killing innocents, triggering the Chinese people’s outrage,” said the foreign ministry statement. Citing her failure to make a “serious apology to the Chinese people”, the statement said: “It is not suitable for her to continue working in China.” “China will never support the freedom to champion terrorism,” it added.

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