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Human Rights Lawyer Questions Yahoo!’s Aid to China in Arresting a Journalist

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23 September 2005

Human Rights Lawyer Questions Yahoo!’s Aid to China in Arresting a Journalist

Author: Xue Li, Epoch Times [USA]

Jerry Yang, one of the co-founders of Yahoo!, admitted in an Internet conference held in Hangzhou, China, that Yahoo! Inc. had provided the Chinese authorities with the e-mail of journalist Shi Tao. The Chinese prosecution organs used the information supplied by Yahoo! Holdings (Hong Kong) Ltd. to convict Shi Tao...According to reliable information, International PEN plans to meet with Yahoo! Inc. executives from its U.S. headquarter and also with Yahoo! Holdings (Hong Kong.) [also refers to Microsoft, Nortel]

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20 September 2005

Yahoo feeds great firewall of China

Author: [analysis] Alan Dawson, Bangkok Post

[Journalist Shi Tao] was imprisoned last April on the basis of the information Yahoo provided, for ``revealing state secrets''...Yahoo did not attempt to use the [Hong Kong] legal system to oppose the Beijing order. It did not attempt to use the Hong Kong press to publicise what it could have claimed was its plight in shopping a journalist... [Instead,] when the publicity became too intense to wave off with more no-comments, the Yahoo founder and aspiring publisher Jerry Yang [gave the following statement]: ``We did not know what they wanted information for, we are not told what they look for, if they give us the proper documentation in a court order we give them things that satisfy local laws. I don't like the outcome of what happened with this thing, we get a lot of these orders, but we have to comply with the law and that's what we need to do.'' [also refers to Microsoft, Google, Cisco Systems, Star TV (Star Group, part of News Corporation)]

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