Gao Yu

Gao Yu

Gao Yu (1944 [ [ International Press Institute] ] ) is a Chinese journalist.

Her career started in 1979, as a reporter for the China News Service [ [ International Press Institute (en inglés)] ] . In 1988, she became in deputy chief editor of "Economics Weekly", edited by dissident intellectuals. [ [ International Press Institute] ] She also worked as a freelance journalist for different newspapers in China and in Hong Kong. In November 1988, she published an article in Hong Kong’s "Mirror Monthly", which was described by Beijing’s Mayor as a «political program for turmoil and rebellion». Even, he branded her as a «people’s enemy». [ [ International Press Institute (en inglés)] ] She was arrested in 1989, after Tiananmen Square protests, [ [ IWMF, Gao Yu's Courage Acceptance Speech] ] and she was released 15 months later because of health problems. [ [ Amnistía Internacional, 4 de febrero de 1995, Preocupación médica (in Spanish)] ] She was arrested again in October 1993, and was sentenced to six years accused of having «published state secrets» in November 1994. [ [ BBC] ] [ [ HRW, "Leaking State Secrets": The Case of Gao Yu] ]

In February 1999, she was given parole in poor health. [ [ AI, 4 February 1999, Gao Yu: People's Republic of China] ] [ [ IFEX, 16 February 1999, La journaliste chinoise Gao Yu est libérée pour raisons médicales (in French)] ]

In March 1999, she became the first journalist who received the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize [ [ UNESCO] ] . She had received already the Golden Pen of Freedom in 1995.


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