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160. GAO YU

Gao YuPen name                 Xiao Xiao, Lu Yue, Fu Qing etc.

Sex                               Female

Birth date                1944-02-23

Birth place               Chongqing City

Resident place         Haidian District, Beijing City Continue reading

Journalist still under house arrest, cannot receive treatment abroad

gao-yu1A Beijing court has told journalist Gao Yu that she can continue serving her five-year jail term under a form of house arrest for another year from 26 November but has warned her that she could be sent her back to prison “at any time.”

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Prominent Chinese Dissidents Still Face Surveillance, House Arrest

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Rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, who has been held on questionable charges since May 2014, in an undated file photo. AFP

Three prominent critics of the ruling Chinese Communist Party have been prevented from leaving their homes by state security police in recent days, indicating that they are still living under considerable restriction on their freedom. Continue reading

China: Continued harassment of veteran journalist Gao Yu (f); health concerns

12 April 2016

Update #4 to RAN 09/14

Gao-YuPEN International is deeply concerned for the health of veteran journalist Gao Yu following reports that she was hospitalised after the Beijing Municipal Bureau of City Administration and Law Enforcement identified her garden for destruction on 31 March 2016. Gao Yu remains in hospital; her condition has now stabilised. PEN International calls on the Chinese authorities to stop harassing Gao Yu and to approve her application to be granted leave to travel to Germany for medical treatment. Continue reading

Chinese Journalist Gao Yu In Hospital After Demolition Raid on Home

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Journalist Gao Yu in the Beijing’s Anzhen Hospital after her garden and office were demolished, April 5, 2016. Su Yutong.

Veteran journalist Gao Yu was hospitalized on Tuesday when the 71-year-old fell ill after her garden and home office were demolished by Chinese authorities last week, sources told RFA. Continue reading

‘Today, I Must Break My Silence’: Veteran Journalist Gao Yu

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Journalist Gao Yu was sent on a forced “vacation” in southwestern China to remove her from Beijing when China’s parliament convened in March 2016.

Veteran Chinese journalist Gao Yu on Friday defied an official ban on giving media interviews to speak out in anger at the demolition of her garden by local urban management officers, known in China as “chengguan.” Continue reading

Plainclothes Police Destroy Gao Yu’s Garden and Beat Up Her Son

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Gao Yu talks to reporters in her Beijing home after plainclothes police ransacked her garden and beat her son, March 31, 2016.

Plainclothes police raided the Beijing home of veteran Chinese journalist Gao Yu on Thursday, sending the 72-year-old heart patient to the hospital while roughing up and detaining her son and destroying her garden in what supporters said was a bid to intimidate her. Continue reading

Veteran Chinese Journalist Gao Yu Seen ‘On Vacation’ in Yunnan

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Chinese journalist Gao Yu (C) catches up with author Xu Hui (L) and Beijing rights activist Wang Lihong (R) in Dali, southwestern China’s Yunnan province, March 2016.

Outspoken veteran journalist Gao Yu is currently under round-the-clock surveillance by China’s state security police, who recently took her on a forced “vacation” in the southwestern province of Yunnan, a friend of hers told RFA on Thursday.

Gao Yu, 71, who has been permitted to serve a five-year jail term “outside jail,” holds a valid German visa but has been denied permission by the Chinese authorities to seek medical treatment overseas.

Gao’s seven-year jail term for “leaking state secrets overseas” was cut on appeal to five years by the Beijing High People’s Court last November after she reportedly suffered multiple heart attacks in detention.

She also suffers from high blood pressure and has signs of a growth on a lymph node that could be malignant, her lawyers said in her applications for medical parole before her release.

Gao’s friend, author Xu Hui, said he and Beijing rights activist Wang Lihong had met with Gao recently in the mountain resort town of Dali.

“After I arrived with Wang, we saw that there were a couple of state security police eating alongside Gao,” Xu said. “We went to a teahouse afterwards, and talked until pretty late.”

“I heard that her security detail was criticized for that later…They weren’t supposed to allow her to meet with local dissidents.”

“The next day we had planned to meet up for a meal, but we didn’t get to see Gao that time,” Xu said, adding that Gao appeared to have been moved on to “vacation” in another Yunnan resort town.

“The next day, they [Gao and the police] went to Lijiang, and that was basically the extent of our contact with Gao,” Xu said.

Xu said Gao had received no reply to her application to leave the country on medical parole, which she took to mean it had been refused.

“They just keep dragging it out,” Xu said. “I got the impression that she isn’t doing so badly [physically], but psychologically she’s not doing too well.”

“She’s still pretty angry about the devastating one year and seven months that she spent behind bars.”

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Gao Yu visits a tourist site during her forced ‘vacation’ in southwestern China’s Yunnan province, March 2016. Photo courtesy of Wang Lihong

Trip to Lijiang

Yunnan-based rights activist Zhu Chengzhi said he had also tried to meet with Gao during her trip.

“We knew that Gao was in Dali, and I and some friends got on a train from Kunming [to visit her],” Zhu said. “But when we arrived in Dali, she had already gone to Lijiang, so the next day we also got a train to Lijiang.”

“But she told us that the authorities had banned her from meeting with us,” Zhu said. “After she went to Lijiang, she went to Shangri-la, and then back to Kunming.”

Zhu called on the ruling Chinese Communist Party to allow Gao to seek medical treatment in Germany.

“I hope she will be able to…get her health back to a better state as soon as possible,” he said.

Gao’s friends say she has been turned away from every hospital in China where she has sought treatment since her release from detention.

Her “vacation” appears to have been timed to coincide with the annual meeting of the National People’s Congress (NPC) from March 5-15, and Gao is likely to have returned to Beijing soon after it ended, sources said.

Gao was initially sentenced to a seven-year jail term by the Beijing No. 3 Intermediate People’s Court in April 2015 for “leaking state secrets overseas,” but denied breaking Chinese law, saying that a televised “confession” on which the prosecution based its case was obtained under duress.

Gao had been held in the jail since her initial detention in April 2014, as she planned to mark the 26th anniversary of 1989 student-led pro-democracy movement on Tiananmen Square, that culminated in a military crackdown by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on the night of June 3-4, 1989.

During her November 2014 trial, Gao Yu was accused of leaking party policy Document No. 9 to a Hong Kong-based media outlet.

Document No. 9 lists “seven taboos” to be avoided in public debate, online and in China’s schools and universities that include democracy, freedom of the press, judicial independence and criticism of the party’s historical record.

Her defense team argued that the document was already widely available online.

Reported by Wen Yuqing for RFA’s Cantonese Service. Translated and written in English by Luisetta Mudie.

Source: http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/veteran-chinese-journalist-gao-yu-seen-on-vacation-in-yunnan-03172016115717.html