Closed-door hearings of 2 Chinese activists highlight China's contentious rule of law

November 21, 2014 11:59 AM

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Closed-door hearings of 2 Chinese activists highlight China's contentious rule of law

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2013 file photo, Ilham Tohti, an outspoken scholar of China's Uighur minority, pauses during an interview at his home in Beijing, China. Two closed-door hearings of prominent Chinese activists Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 drew sharp criticism for chilling freedom of expression as Chinese authorities tighten oversight of public speech. Veteran journalist Gao Yu went on trial Friday in closed-door proceedings in Beijing on accusations of leaking state secrets. Across the country, in the tumultuous Xinjiang region, a court delivered a verdict during a sealed jailhouse hearing to uphold the separatism conviction and life sentence for Ilham Tohti. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File) (The Associated Press)

FILE - In this June 9, 2012 file photo, Chinese journalist Gao Yu attends an opening ceremony of Chinese artist Liu Xia's photo exhibition in Hong Kong. Two closed-door hearings of prominent Chinese activists Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 drew sharp criticism for chilling freedom of expression as Chinese au...

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