• Chinese journalist, 71, appeals 7-year sentence

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    BEIJING: A 71-year-old Chinese journalist appealed Tuesday against her seven-year jail sentence for “leaking state secrets,” a conviction condemned by free speech advocates worldwide. The session was “closed” to outsiders, Gao’s lawyer Mo Shaoping told AFP, adding he did not expect the guilty verdict to be overturned. A court ruled in April that Gao leaked a 2013 directive by the Communist party named “Document number 9” to a Hong Kong media outlet. The document warned of the “dangers” of multiparty democracy, independent media, “universal” definitions of human rights and criticism of the party’s historical record, according to copies widely circulated online.

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