Beijing court hears appeal by senior journalist Gao Yu

BEIJING (AP) — A lawyer for a 71-year-old Chinese journalist imprisoned on a conviction of leaking state secrets says a Beijing court has heard the woman’s appeal in a closed-door session, and that a decision will be announced later.

Lawyer Shang Baojun said he could not discuss Tuesday’s closed hearing on Gao Yu’s case by the city’s high court.

Gao is accused of sharing with an overseas news magazine a document detailing the Communist Party leadership’s resolve to aggressively target constitutionality, civil society and press freedoms seen as threats to the party’s monopoly on power. The news magazine, Mingjing, has said Gao did not provide the document.

Foreign governments and human rights groups have urged for the release of Gao, who is in very poor health.

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