Friday, February 10, 2006

Yahoo Jailed Another Political Dissident

Mr. Li Zhi, a 32-year-old local official from Dazhou, in Sichuan province, was sentenced for eight years in prison on the charge of conspiracy to subvert state power. Yahoo helped prosecutors by tracking down his identity with an Yahoo EMail account In an separate case exposed earlier, Mr. Shi Tao was sentenced to ten years in prison, also thanks to Yahoo. Same as the previous case, Yahoo Hong Kong supplied the information to the Chinese authorities.

Yahoo Hong Kong is not based in mainland China, and according to laws in both mainland and Hong Kong, they are not obliged to comply with requests from mainland police, contraray to the execuse cited by Yahoo. As a matter of fact, Yahoo has frequently been dennounced by other Hong Kong media for their voluntary collaboration with the mainland police, which is considered damaging to free press in Hong Kong.

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