Chinese Dissident Blasts Yahoo
Like other Internet players, Yahoo insists it has to play by the local rules in China, and thinks its place there can ultimately benefit the Chinese people.
Everything started when a Chinese journalist named Shi Tao was sentenced to 10 years in prison for sharing a ‘state secret’: a warning from the Chinese government not to make a lot of noise about the 15th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.
Shi forwarded the message via his Yahoo email account, email@example.com, to at least one other site for dissidents, the New York Times reported. Later, it came to light that Yahoo Holdings of Hong Kong provided authorities with the information to connect the address to Shi.
After Reporters Without Borders made public that finding, discovered in verdict documents, criticism of Yahoo came from all over the world. While many US tech companies have made accommodations to maintain their presence in the world’s second biggest Internet market, some feel that this action may have finally crossed a line.
A senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, Max Boot’s essay in the Los Angeles Times was especially damning:
The fiercest criticism came from Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese dissident in Beijing. The Times excerpted parts of a translated letter appearing on Cicus.org, where Liu took Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang to task:
Yahoo thinks the path to enlightenment comes from staying the course instead of pulling out, the Times reported:
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