US congressional panel says Yahoo! was "negligent", "deceptive" over case of jailed Chinese journalist - Yahoo! reaffirms its commitment to human rights

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6 November 2007

Yahoo's Lashing Highlights Risks Of China Market

Author: Corey Boles, Don Clark, Pui-Wing Tam, Wall Street Journal

An unusually dramatic congressional hearing on Yahoo Inc.'s role in the imprisonment of at least two dissidents in China exposed the company to withering criticism and underscored the risks for Western companies seeking to expand there...[Yahoo! CEO] Mr. Yang apologized to the mother of journalist Shi Tao, who was jailed after Yahoo China, then a unit of the company, handed information about him to Chinese authorities in 2004...Mr. Yang said: "I want to say we are committed to doing what we can to secure their freedom. And I want to personally apologize for what they are going through."

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2 November 2007

Yahoo in apology on China

Author: Stephanie Kirchgaessner, Mure Dickie, Financial Times

A top Yahoo official who has come under fire for the company's role in the 2004 imprisonment of a dissident in China apologised on Thursday for failing to tell US lawmakers that Yahoo knew more about the case than he initially acknowledged in testimony last year...The apology marks a shift in strategy at Yahoo, to strike a more conciliatory tone...Yahoo could still be vulnerable to future human rights-related cases involving Yahoo China, since Alibaba's boss, Jack Ma, made no secret of his willingness to co-operate closely with Beijing's authorities and with any investigations into users.

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