Yahoo has withdrawn from China, making it the latest in a host of foreign companies that have abandoned the country. Yahoo attributed its decision to the “increasingly challenging business and legal environment” in China....
Apr 12, 2017
In 2007, U.S. tech company Yahoo set up a $17 million fund to support persecuted Chinese...
Aug 15, 2014
Reuters’ Gerry Shih and Paul Carsten report that Apple has started storing data for Chinese...
Jan 10, 2014
At Kotaku, Beijing Cream’s Anthony Tao and Charter 08 signer Wang Zhongxia review a deck of...
Sep 8, 2013
The New York Times’ Neil Gough reports the release, 18 months early, of journalist Shi Tao,...
Jan 9, 2013
In May, Google users in China who searched politically sensitive terms discovered a new feature when they used the search engine: a pop-up notice informing them why their search yields no results, and that the filtering is out...
Aug 30, 2012
Wang Xiaoning is to be released from prison on Friday following a ten-year sentence for “inciting subversion of state power” in a series of online essays. Wang was one of around 60 people prosecuted on the basis of...
Mar 2, 2011
The U.S. TV drama The Good Wife took on the Great Firewall in an episode last night. The full episode is embedded below. The Los Angeles Times gives a recap: In Tuesday’s episode, Will asks for Alicia’s assistance...
Feb 21, 2008
Yahoo! CEO Jerry Yang has written to Secretary of State Condeleezza Rice, asking the U.S. government to demand the release of two Chinese dissidents, Shi Tao and Wang Xiaoning, who were both imprisoned after Yahoo! supplied...
Nov 13, 2007
Yahoo! has reached a settlement in the case of writers Shi Tao and Wang Xiaoning, who were imprisoned after Yahoo! handed over their personal information to Chinese authorities. From Wired: Terms of the settlement weren’t disclosed. But a source at Yahoo said the company has been “working with the families, and we’re working with them […]
Nov 9, 2007
From RFA Unplugged blog: Yahoo’s chief executive Jerry Yang and executive vice president Michael Callahan faced a House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing in Washington yesterday over providing misleading information to Congress last year as part of an investigation into the company’s role in disclosing former journalist and cyberdissident Shi Tao’s identity to Chinese authorities. […]
Nov 6, 2007
From AP: Yahoo Inc. Chief Executive Jerry Yang testified to lawmakers on Tuesday that the company has been “open and forthcoming” about its role in a Chinese government investigation that led in 2005 to a journalist’s imprisonment. “We have answered every question, provided every requested piece of information and worked with you in good faith,” […]
Nov 2, 2007
From Financial Times: A top Yahoo official who has come under fire for the company’s role in the 2004 imprisonment of a dissident in China apologised on Thursday for failing to tell US lawmakers that Yahoo knew more about the case than he initially acknowledged in testimony last year. Michael Callahan, Yahoo’s executive vice president […]
Oct 16, 2007
From CNet News.com Blog: The chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee is summoning Yahoo Chief Executive Jerry Yang to Washington to talk about “how the Internet company gave false information to Congress about its role in a human rights case in China that sent a journalist to jail for a decade,” according to […]
Aug 29, 2007
The China Law Blog has uploaded a PDF copy of the motion-to-dismiss brief Yahoo! filed in U.S. Federal Court yesterday in an effort to avoid a lawsuit over the company’s provision of user information to the Chinese government. The file comes with commentary from blog co-founder Dan Harris: The brief was so long that to […]
Aug 4, 2007
From AP, via MSNBC.com: Congressional investigators plan to look into whether Yahoo officials misrepresented the Internet company’s role in the arrest of a Chinese journalist sentenced to a decade in jail. House Foreign Affairs Chairman Tom Lantos ordered the investigation after a human rights group released a document that it said raised questions about what […]
Jul 31, 2007
Rebecca MacKinnon again posts commentary on new documents (originally posted by Duihua Foundation) showing that Yahoo employees knew they were dealing with political charges when they handed over personal information that landed Yahoo users Shi Tao and Wang Xiaoning in jail. She also responds to comments from Roland Soong at ESWN: I don’t think it […]
Jul 29, 2007
Rebecca MacKinnon posts excerpts of a document sent to Yahoo!’s Beijing office from the Beijing State Security Bureau requesting information about Yahoo! user Shi Tao, who is now serving a ten-year sentence for revealing state secrets. As Rebecca points out, the document (originally translated and posted by the Duihua Foundation) specifically says the investigation concerns […]
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