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21 Feb 2008

Dibya Sarkar, Associated Press

Yahoo Asks US Gov't to Help Dissidents

Yahoo Inc. Chief Executive Jerry Yang wants U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to help get two Chinese journalists [Shi Tao, Wang Xiaoning] out of prison — where they've been since Yahoo complied with Chinese investigators. Yang's request, faxed to Rice on Thursday morning, is the company's latest effort to repair its reputation after U.S. lawmakers and human rights advocates accused it of collaborating with an oppressive regime. Yahoo also helped establish a human rights fund to provide humanitarian and legal aid to dissidents who have been imprisoned for expressing their views online.