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Yahoo! charged with helping Beijing suppress human rights

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According to this article, Yahoo! is assisting the Chinese government in suppressing the rights of Chinese citizens. Yahoo! is now facing justice for its wrongdoing.

08/28/2007 09:27 CHINA(Asia News) — The International Organization for human rights has called web giant Yahoo! to court in the United States, guilty of having provided the Chinese government with information to trace and arrest journalists and dissidents.


The Organization appeared before the judges on behalf of Shi Tao, arrested for having denounced government corruption via internet, and Wang Xiaoning, condemned to ten years in prison for having sent articles regarding democratic reform and the multiparty system via e-mail.

The web giant responded to the charges stating that it was obliged to work in agreement with the laws of each single state in which the system is used, but admitted that collaboration with the Chinese government had led to arrests and arbitrary detentions. In a document, the group affirms its wish to respect the privacy of its users and that it has frequently asked “that a way be found to work in the field without breaking ethical principals”.


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