Chinese journalist sentenced to 6 years in prison at retrial


BEIJING -- After failing for lack of evidence to convict a prominent Chinese journalist last April, Beijing's branch of the Intermediate People's Court has tried again and succeeded, family members and rights groups said yesterday.

The journalist, Gao Yu, a 50-year-old reporter known for her incisive analyses of China's economic reforms and internal political struggles, was convicted last week and sentenced in secret to six years in prison, family members said.

After her arrest on Oct. 2, 1993, Ms. Gao was accused of "providing state secrets to parties outside the borders," a charge believed to be related to articles on politics and economics she wrote for the Hong Kong-based Mirror Monthly magazine.

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