December 2015

TOUGH HOMECOMING: Erkin Kurban says he was pressured to spy on the Uighur community in Canada when he returned to visit his family in Xinjiang in 2013. A long-haul truck driver, Kurban is seen here on a trip between California and Montreal, where he now lives. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn

Holding the fate of families in its hands, China controls refugees abroad

  • Wed, 12/30/2015 - 21:47

How Beijing is infiltrating and intimidating Uighur exile communities, from the Americas to Europe to Australia.

Journalist Ursula Gauthier in Beijing, China on December 29. PHOTO: REUTERS

Beijing, Xinjiang and the Press

  • Wed, 12/30/2015 - 21:31

China shows its lack of confidence by expelling a foreign journalist.

Chinese soldiers march in front of the Id Kah Mosque, China's largest, on July 31, 2014 in Kashgar, China.

Why China's tough, new terrorism legislation could misfire

  • Wed, 12/30/2015 - 21:10

China's sweeping new counter-terrorism legislation, which takes effect in January, may constitute a Patriot Act-like moment for the country.

Ursula Gauthier, the Beijing-based correspondent for French news magazine L’Obs, looks on during an interview in her apartment in Beijing on Monday. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP

China’s expulsion of French journalist underpins her repressive Uyghur policy

  • Wed, 12/30/2015 - 20:55

Beijing does not want the world to know of its horrendous crimes and abuses of human rights against the persecuted Uyghur people - how they have been made a third class citizen inside China and a minority in their own ancestral land of East Turkestan.

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, Dec. 26, 2015.

Exclusive Q&A: French Reporter Responds to China Expulsion

  • Wed, 12/30/2015 - 20:50

Chinese government officials won't renew press credentials for French journalist Ursula Gauthier for criticizing Beijing's treatment of its Muslim Uighur minority.

Ursula Gauthier, the Beijing-based correspondent for French news magazine L'Obs, says her treatment by the authorities is an attempt to intimidate foreign correspondents (AFP Photo/Greg Baker)

Chinese media heap scorn on expelled French reporter Gauthier

  • Tue, 12/29/2015 - 19:48

Chinese media on Monday celebrated the imminent expulsion of a French reporter accused of supporting terrorism, with a poll purporting to demonstrate overwhelming support for the decision.

French journalist Ursula Gauthier, expelled from China for her reporting on Xinjiang, is shown in an undated photo.

No Room at The Inn For China's Muslims as Terror Law Passed

  • Tue, 12/29/2015 - 19:45

Beijing expels a French journalist for suggesting that violence in Xinjiang has more to do with government policy than with jihad.

Rebel Pepper: Ursula Gauthier and Journalists’ Weapons

  • Tue, 12/29/2015 - 19:36

For his latest drawing, Rebel Pepper comments on recent setbacks for press freedom in China by depicting Xi Jinping as a murder victim done in by the media. In Xi’s eyes, Rebel Pepper writes, “a journalist’s tools are just as lethal as an assassin’s weapon”:

Children are among Uyghurs held at an immigration center in southern Thailand, March 14, 2014.

The Uyghurs’ lifesaving escape route to Turkey is not a ratline Mr. Seymour Hersh

  • Mon, 12/28/2015 - 19:20

Pulitzer winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh’s latest article on the Syria tragedy, in which he alleges that Pentagon leaders, including former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Dempsey, conducted a secret alliance with Assad and Putin to undermine Obama, sent shockwaves around the internet.

China Banishes French Journalist for Exposé on Uyghurs

  • Mon, 12/28/2015 - 19:08

The Chinese government passed an “antiterrorism” law right after they announced they will not renew press credentials for French journalist Ursula Gauthier after she criticized their treatment of the Muslim Uyghur minority.