(FILES) This file photo taken on February 5, 2007 shows Chinese journalist Gao Yu addressing a press conference in Hong Kong. AFP PHOTO / FILES / MIKE CLARKE
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China has detained a prominent former journalist for leaking "state secrets", police said Thursday, the latest move to silence critics of the ruling Communist Party ahead of June's 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown.Gao, the former deputy editor-in-chief of the magazine Economics Weekly, is a well-known journalist who was named one of the International Press Institute's 50 "world press freedom heroes" in 2000 .Gao had been missing for the past two weeks, and her associates became alarmed when she did not show up at a private Tiananmen-related gathering she had been scheduled to attend.According to the official news agency Xinhua, Gao was held on April 24 on suspicion of having sent a copy of a "highly confidential" document to an overseas website last June. The Xinhua report did not name the document that Gao is alleged to have leaked.
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