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By jdclyde ·
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"5. China: 10 Years in Jail for Sending an E-mail

Amnesty International is working to free Chinese journalist Shi Tao ? a ?prisoner of conscience? who is serving a 10-year sentence for simply sending an e-mail.

In April 2004, Shi Tao ? who wrote for Contemporary Trade News ? sent an
e-mail to a U.S.-based pro-democracy Web site. It summarized a Chinese government order directing news organizations to downplay the 15th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

Eight months later, he was arrested and charged with ?illegally providing state secrets to foreign entities.?

Authorities used e-mail account holder information supplied by Yahoo! to convict him, and sentenced him to 10 years in prison, according to a release from Amnesty International.

He is now laboring in harsh conditions and has inadequate access to medical care.

Amnesty International is raising concerns with Yahoo! about their aiding human rights abuses in China, and calling on supporters to join the organization in demanding Shi?s unconditional release. "

And people were worried about giving information to OUR government. Is this the yahoo you know and love?

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title edited as an early Christmas present to mindilator.

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I agree with your concerns, but

by TonytheTiger In reply to Yahoo hands over informat ...

if a business operates in a particular country, they are bound by the laws of that country.

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oh really?

by jdclyde In reply to I agree with your concern ...

wasn't there a big to-do about the big searchers NOT giving information to our government not long ago? (or was that phones?)

oh well.

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Yes, because

by TonytheTiger In reply to oh really?

it is not clear in our law whether our government has the right to demand that information. The Chinese government, being practically totalitarian, does not lack that clarity.

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LAWS????

by frvr In reply to Yes, because

Tony,

I do not know if you have an IDS setup on your network, but our firm is constantly being attacked by rogue hackers in China (based upon IP address). If your "theory" about abiding by the country's laws is correct, then our firm should be allowed to prosecute these individual because U.S. law, mandated by the OCC, OTS and the FDIC clearly state that these attacks can be prosecuted. But, China refuses to cooperate on not only handing over any information pertaining to these incidents, but also the individuals themselves. So, the question is, why should we play by the rules, if they themselves are not willing to? Think about that for once.

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AOL made information public for a few hours

by stress junkie In reply to oh really?

The latest brouhaha that I remember is when AOL posted a list of queries for public analysis.

I think that in the USA most ISPs have the policy that they will not give client information to the authorities without a court order. I don't know if that policy is widely adopted by other businesses. (Of course Yahoo! is not an ISP.)

I agree with Tony the Tiger that any business has to follow the laws of the countries in which it operates. I would add that Yahoo! shouldn't have gone into business in China since this was completely foreseeable.

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who are the chininse?

by mindilator In reply to Yahoo hands over informat ...

somebody fix the title please

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