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[PDF] Letter from Yahoo! to Irene Khan, Secretary General, Amnesty International

...[T]he facts surrounding the Shi Tao case are distressing to me and my colleagues at Yahoo!... Yahoo! Search gives Chinese users an ability to access various independent, non-government sponsored sources of information of interest to them, fostering a more outward-looking population... Let me clarify an important fact...: Yahoo! Hong Kong...was not involved in any way in the disclosure of Shi Tao's information to the PRC [People's Republic of China] authorities. In this specific case, the PRC government ordered Yahoo! China to provide user information and Yahoo! China complied with applicable PRC law... Until we read the distressing facts about Shi Tao in the news, we did not know the particular information about which Chinese authorities issued a lawful demand for information from Yahoo! China... The choice in China or other countries is not whether to comply with law enforcement demands for information. Rather, the choice is whether or not to remain in a country.

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