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Chinese journalist, 71, accused of leaking secrets gets 7 years in prison
Chinese journalist, 71, accused of leaking secrets gets 7 years in prison

A Chinese court on Friday sentenced a 71-year-old journalist to seven years in prison on charges of leaking state secrets in a case denounced by human rights groups as politically motivated and arbitrary.  Gao Yu was accused of sending an internal Communist Party communique known as Document No. 9 to the U.S.-based Chinese language website Mingjing News, which published the text in 2013. The document, which apparently originated after Xi Jinping assumed leadership of the party in late 2012, urged tighter ideological control over Chinese society and warned against promoting judicial independence, media freedom and civil society. Mingjing editor Ho Pin has denied receiving the...

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