Yahoo Settles Chinese Lawsuits
Yahoo has settled the lawsuit brought forth by two Chinese political prisoners and their families. Though the terms of the settlement were not disclosed, Yahoo has agreed to pay their legal fees.
The settlement comes on the heels of a Yahoo apology to the members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Executive Vice
President Michael Callahan blamed his faulty testimony that Yahoo didn’t know why information was requested by the Chinese government on an inaccurate translation.
Yahoo has aided the government in two separate cases by providing email records to Chinese authorities. The records were used in court to convict two dissident journalists.
The lawsuit held Yahoo responsible for their wrongful jailing. Shi Tao is the more famous of the political prisoners, receiving 10 years in jail for divulging "state secrets" abroad. Wang Xiaoning was jailed in 2002 simply for writing and distributing political writings.