China courts put reporter on trial, reject Uighur scholar's appeal

November 21, 2014 5:15 AM

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China courts put reporter on trial, reject Uighur scholar's appeal

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese authorities put on trial on Friday an outspoken journalist accused of revealing state secrets and rejected an appeal by a prominent Uighur scholar whose life sentence on separatism charges had sparked an outcry from the West.

The closed-door trial of Gao Yu, 70, accused of providing state secrets to foreign contacts, began on Friday morning in a Beijing court.

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