Friday, October 07, 2005

Yahoo! is Chinese for "Collaborator"

Just in case you think American corporations in the "new economy" really care about American values, here is a chilling tale from Reporters Sans Frontieres (rsf.org). I know this is semi-old news, but I was thinking about it today and it kind of made me wonder what they give to Homeland Security right here at home...

Information supplied by Yahoo ! helped journalist Shi Tao get 10 years in prison

The text of the verdict in the case of journalist Shi Tao - sentenced in April to 10 years in prison for “divulging state secrets abroad” - shows that Yahoo ! Holdings (Hong Kong) Ltd. provided China’s state security authorities with details that helped to identify and convict him, Reporters Without Borders said today.

“We already knew that Yahoo ! collaborates enthusiastically with the Chinese regime in questions of censorship, and now we know it is a Chinese police informant as well,” the press freedom organisation said.

“Yahoo ! obviously complied with requests from the Chinese authorities to furnish information regarding an IP address that linked Shi Tao to materials posted online, and the company will yet again simply state that they just conform to the laws of the countries in which they operate,” the organisation said. “But does the fact that this corporation operates under Chinese law free it from all ethical considerations ? How far will it go to please Beijing ?”

Reporters Without Borders added : “Information supplied by Yahoo ! led to the conviction of a good journalist who has paid dearly for trying to get the news out. It is one thing to turn a blind eye to the Chinese government’s abuses and it is quite another thing to collaborate.”

1 comment:

misterfed said...

Meanwhile, OF COURSE if the nice folks in the UN and EU say we should turn over control of the internet to the "international community," then we should. ;)