Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Yahoo! Helped Chinese Authorities Jail Journalist

From BBC News: Firms face moral dilemma in China

"Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders has accused Yahoo of being "a police informant for the Chinese regime", following allegations that information supplied by the company helped jail a journalist."

"Reporters Without Borders accepts that Yahoo - and it is not currently known whether the firm volunteered or was forced to supply the e-mail details of Shi Tao - could have encountered legal problems with the Chinese authorities if it refused to comply.
But, Reporters Without Borders said, it is about time that the powerful net firms such as Yahoo and Microsoft that have set up shop in China stood up and were counted, putting an ethical position before their legal obligations."

"Shi Tao, the Chinese journalist at the centre of the Yahoo controversy, was sentenced in April to 10 years in prison for sending, via e-mail, the text of an internal Communist Party message to foreign websites."

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