Media watchdog accuses Yahoo of helping Chinese prosecution of journalist

[JURIST] An international media watchdog organization has said that internet company Yahoo [corporate website] divulged information to China that led to the conviction of a journalist for leaking state secrets. Reporters Without Borders [advocacy website] Tuesday accused [press release] the Hong Kong arm of Yahoo with providing "China’s state security authorities with details that helped to identify and convict" journalist Shi Tao. According to the verdict [PDF text], Yahoo allegedly helped China link to the journalist's e-mail account and computer, which led to a 10 year imprisonment for sending foreign-based websites text of China's Communist Party's internal messages. A Yahoo spokesman had no immediate comment. BBC News has more.

 

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