Chinese journalist jailed for leaking political document

April 17, 2015 8:57 AM

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BEIJING — A court in China on Friday jailed veteran journalist Gao Yu for seven years on a "state secrets" charge that critics said is further evidence of a worsening crackdown against dissent and rights activists here.

Gao, 71, was sentenced for the crime of "illegally providing state secrets to (institutions) outside (China's) borders," Beijing's No. 3 Intermediate People's Court announced on its verified Sina Weibo account, a micro-blogging platform similar to Twitter. Gao was detained in May and tried in Novemb...

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