Gao Yu, one of China’s most prominent dissident journalists, has been formally sentenced to seven years in prison on charges of disclosing state secrets. She was tried in November after having been detained since last April. Gao, whose 36-year career began as a reporter for the China News Service, has been arrested repeatedly. She was branded a “people’s enemy” in 1988 by the mayor of Beijing. The 71-year-old journalist spent 15 months in prison after the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests before being released for health problems.
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