Monday, July 30, 2007

Did Yahoo lie?

And now the second story that just makes my heart hurt.

Yahoo offers email services inside China, which makes the email under Chinese jurisdiction. Yahoo handed over information about the account of a Chinese journalist, Shi Tao, resulting in a ten-year prison sentence for "divulging state secrets," a phrase often denoting activities involving political dissent (no secrets necessarily revealed, mind you, simply disagreeing is enough). Yahoo claimed it was only complying and had no knowledge of the sorts of crimes Shi Tao was accused of, and then condemned human rights abuses even as it handed over information on Shi Tao's account. New information suggests that Yahoo did indeed know the nature of the investigation beforehand.

Read analysis here and here. And here's a blog for Dui Hua, which documents human rights abuses in China.