China jails journalist who leaked Communist Party document

By REUTERS
April 17, 2015 04:54

 
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BEIJING - A Chinese court has sentenced a journalist accused of leaking an internal Communist Party document to a foreign website to seven years in prison, her lawyer said on Friday, a ruling that reflects the sensitivity surrounding the party's inner workings.

Gao Yu, 71, who was tried behind closed doors in Beijing last November, was convicted on a charge of providing state secrets to foreign contacts, her lawyer, Mo Shaoping, said.

Rights activists have condemned Gao's detention and trial, saying it indicates a widening crackdown on dissent. Last month, the United States called on China to release Gao at the United Nations Human Rights Council session in Geneva.

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