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Journalist, Tiananmen Square Protest Supporter, Imprisoned Again

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By Ken Mandel   |   Friday, 09 May 2014 04:34 PM

Veteran Chinese journalist Gao Yu, one of the people jailed during the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, is in prison again on suspicion of leaking state secrets to a foreign website.

Gao, 70, has been detained by police in Beijing weeks ahead of the 25th anniversary of the pro-democracy demonstrations, which resulted in a bloody military intervention and hundreds of deaths. At the time, Yu supported the protesters.

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She was imprisoned for more than a year before being released in 1990.

This time, she was placed under "criminal detention" April 24, Time reported, citing China's official Xinhua news agency.

Gao allegedly leaked the secret document in August last year, and Xinhua news agency said Thursday that Gao was "deeply remorseful" and "willing to accept legal punishment."

China's national broadcaster CCTV displayed a woman with a blurred face and identified her as Gao using her full name.

"I think what I did touched on the law and endangered the interests of the nation," the woman says on the video, posted by the South China Morning Post. "What I have done was very wrong. I have sincerely learned my lesson and also wish to admit guilt."

In addition to Gao, human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang and four others have been detained on suspicion of "picking quarrels and provoking trouble," according to Time.

Gao's situation is seen as being related to the Chinese government's plan to discourage others who may want to mark the anniversary.

"This is an intimidation tactic," Willy Lam, Chinese politics expert at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, told The Associated Press. "This is Xi Jinping's way to enforce order and prevent people from speaking ill of the regime."

Other well-known objectors were arrested earlier this week, including human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang and at least three other people who had attended a seminar in Beijing to discuss the Tiananmen Square crackdown.

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