France’s Le Monde last week cast doubt on if a “freelance journalist” named Laurene Beaumond, who ostensibly contributed to a report on Chinese state television network CGTN, actually exists.
Beaumond ostensibly criticized Western media for inaccurate reporting on China’s treatment of the Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang province. Chinese officials insisted Beaumond is a real person after Le Monde found no record of her at the university CGTN claimed she attended and no accredited French journalist using her name.
An article published under Beaumond’s name on CGTN’s website claimed allegations of China using concentration camps, sterilization, and forced labor against the Uyghurs were “fake news” written by people who have never visited Xinjiang province. Beaumond said she was “French and lived in China for almost seven years,” with visits to Xinjiang from 2014 to 2019.
Le Monde and other French outlets investigated and found no identification cards issued to