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Yahoo proven to have helped China jail reporter

An interesting article cropped-up on Boing Boing linking to this article by Reporters Sans Frontieres.

In it, the article quotes a court paper stating that Yahoo aided the Chinese authorities in their search for evidence to convict Li Zhi (jailed for 8 years for anti-government comments on the web).

What is incredible about this incident is the willingness of Yahoo to provide information to help convict someone (notably in a communist country with the 2nd largest internet population!) whose right to freedom of speech is the very thing that has helped build Yahoo into the worldwide company it is – can they sit at their computers with no idea of the impact this might have or is the Chinese internet users insatiable appetite for realitively unregulated content enough to wash over the scandal?

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