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Expelled French journalist warns of dark days for media in China

Ursula Gauthier (L), the Beijing-based correspondent for French news magazine L'Obs, speakes with hostesses at the airport before she takes her flight back to France, in Beijing on December 31, 2015A French reporter forced to leave China after she criticised government policy in violence-wracked, mainly Muslim Xinjiang, warned of dark days to come for journalists working in the country ahead of her departure Thursday. Beijing accused Ursula Gauthier, the China correspondent for France’s L’Obs news magazine, of supporting terrorism after she wrote an article questioning official comparisons between global Islamist violence and unrest in the homeland of the Uighur ethnic minority. Speaking from her Beijing home before leaving for the airport, Gauthier said the future looked bleak for journalists in China.

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