News comes that a Chinese reporter, Shi Tao, also in Chinese prison, is suing Yahoo.Inc.
Shi, a former writer for the financial publication Contemporary Business News, was jailed for providing state secrets to foreigners. His conviction stemmed from an e-mail he sent containing his notes on a government circular that spelled out restrictions on the media.Shi's legal challenge is part of a law suit filed by the World Organization for Human Rights USA, " which is suing Yahoo, its subsidiary in Hong Kong, and Alibaba.com Inc., a Yahoo partner that runs Yahoo China".
Yahoo has acknowledged turning over data on Shi at the request of the Chinese government, saying company employees face civil and criminal sanctions if they ignore local laws. It denies Yahoo Hong Kong was involved.
As we said before, we shall be watching developments carefully.