Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Yahoo faces more legal trouble

Some time ago we reported that the Chinese dissident, Wang Xiaoning, who is serving a 10-year sentence in a Chinese prison as a result of Yahoo HK activity and his wife, Yu Ling, were suing the company under the Alien Torts Claim Act and the Torture Victims Protection Act.

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.

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.
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 Inc., a Yahoo partner that runs Yahoo China".

As we said before, we shall be watching developments carefully.


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