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25 investment funds call on internet companies such as Yahoo!, Cisco, Google, Microsoft to refrain from supporting repressive human rights practices in China & other countries

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8 November 2005

Critics Press Companies on Internet Rights Issues

Author: Tom Zeller, New York Times

In an indication of growing tensions between human rights advocates and American Internet and technology companies doing business in countries with repressive regimes, a group of two dozen fund management firms and investment analysts issued a joint statement yesterday urging businesses to adopt policies addressing freedom of expression. [refers to Yahoo!, Google, Microsoft, Cisco]

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8 November 2005

Social funds warn Web firms on human rights

Author: Eric Auchard, Reuters

In a letter by 25 investment funds...fund managers warned companies ranging from Yahoo to Cisco of the risks in "collaborating to suppress freedom of opinion and expression"..."We take this issue very seriously," Yahoo spokeswoman Mary Osako said..."While foreign-based companies must adhere to local laws in all the countries where they operate, we understand that there are unique and inherent challenges to doing business in China," the Yahoo spokeswoman added...Other companies singled out...included Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp...No one from Google, Microsoft or Cisco Systems was immediately available to comment. [also refers to Nortel, Fortinet, Secure Computing]

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8 November 2005

Tearing Down the Great Firewall

Author: William Baue, SocialFunds.com

"Democracy." "Freedom." "Tiananmen Square." Posting these terms together on the Internet (as this article does) is grounds for imprisonment in China, which is erecting a "Great Firewall" to block cyber-dissent with the complicity of information technology (IT) companies such as Yahoo, Cisco, and Microsoft...Yesterday, more than 25 socially responsible investment (SRI) practitioners worldwide...issued a "Joint Investor Statement on Freedom of Expression and the Internet"

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7 November 2005

Corporate Responsibility and Freedom of expression - Press conference

Author: Reporters Without Borders

New York, NY... Concerned by allegations that some American companies in the Internet sector are cooperating with authoritarian governments to censor speech and imprison dissidents, and by recent revelations of the role allegedly played by Yahoo ! in the prison sentencing of a Chinese journalist, a group of 25 investment managers, research houses, foundations, and religious investors have called on Internet businesses to publicly state support for freedom of expression world wide and agreed to monitor operations of Internet businesses in repressive regime countries.

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7 November 2005

[PDF] Joint Investor Statement on Freedom of Expression and the Internet

Author: Boston Common Asset Management, Domini Social Investments, Trillium Asset Management, Walden Asset Management, Citizens Advisers, Calvert, MMA, Ethical Funds Company, Fondation Ethos, Conscious Investors, Harrington Investments, Joyce Moore Financial Services, NorthStar Asset Management, Groupe Investissement Responsible, KLD Research & Analytics, Jantzi Research, CorpGov.net, As You Sow Foundation, Sisters of St. Francis Philadelphia, Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Sisters of Charity St Vincent de Paul of New York, Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, Dominican Sisters of Hope, Mercy Investment Program, Sisters of Mercy Regional Community of Detroit, Ursuline Sisters of Tildonk

...the undersigned...Call on internet businesses to adopt and make public ethical codes stressing their commitment to freedom of expression and...make information public that will allow investors to assess how each firm is acting to ensure that its products and services are not being used to commit human rights violations...

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