China Jails Journalist Accused of Leaking State Secrets for Seven Years

A Chinese court has sentenced a journalist accused of leaking an internal Communist Party document to a foreign website to seven years in prison, a ruling that reflects the sensitivity surrounding the party's inner workings. Seventy-one year old Gao Yu was tried behind closed doors in Beijing last November. Her lawyer says she was convicted on a charge of providing state secrets to foreign contacts. Rights activists have condemned Gao's detention and trial, saying it indicates a widening crackdown on dissent.



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