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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Yahoo! Collaborated With Chinese Govt. in Li Zhi Case

"Reporters Without Borders said it had obtained a copy of the court verdict against Li Zhi, a former official jailed for eight years in December 2003, confirming that US firm Yahoo! collaborated with the prosecution, as did local competitor, Sina.

"The Li Zhi verdict shows that all Internet sector companies are pulled in to help when the police investigate a political dissident,” the press freedom organisation said. “It is unacceptable that US firms should turn themselves into auxiliaries of a government that systematically tramples on the rights of Internet-users to freedom of expression,” it said." RSF continues saying that “Yahoo! should urgently withdraw its content and email servers from this country before further requests of this kind are made of it."

Sounds right, if it not were a sad joke. Please remember the US has its Patriot Act, which effectively forces companies like Yahoo! and Google to collaborate with the US government including a strict oder not to tell anyone that they are doing so. I bet China is no better than the US in this respect.

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