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Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

Wednesday, November 7, 2007
12 years ago3,029 views

What the AP article states:

"Yahoo Inc.'s chief executive and top lawyer on Tuesday defended their company's involvement in the jailing of a Chinese journalist. Irate lawmakers accused them of collaborating with an oppressive communist regime."

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"Yahoo Chief Executive Jerry Yang and General Counsel Michael Callahan offered apologies and promises to do better but no specific commitments. Lawmakers insisted that Yahoo along with other companies must use its market strength to change China..."

Link: ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hy ...

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David Mulder [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

According to a dutch news article I read about this, the american goverment is creating a law making it illegal to pass information to different goverments, if there is no need for it according to the american law (hope I am clear enough.)

Tadeusz Szewczyk [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Get out of China and any other anti-democratic nation. Stop making money off totaliarian regimes you hypocrites. Then you don't have to ask your employees to do anything against those "local laws". Respect basic human rights you greedy bunch.

In a similar case Google recently helped jail an innocent Indian man for three weeks:
news.com/8301-10784_3-9811569- ...

Cow Dodger [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

You know, it's hard to make commitments to someone who is suing you.

Freiddie [PersonRank 7]

12 years ago #

- To Tadeusz
How many democratic nations are there? How much revenue would the company lose? How am I going to use Google.cn if I return to China?
But from another perspective, maybe it's the only way to avoid such prickly problems. Any other solutions?

Yahoo Lied to the US and to you and me. [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Yahoo helped the Chinese Government and Lied to our government. Take China out of the equation, they still lied to US – you and me.

"How could a dozen lawyers prepare another lawyer to testify before congress, without anyone thinking to look at the document that had caused the hearing to be called? This is astonishing," said Rep. Chris Smith (R., N.J.).

"Yahoo claims that this is one big misunderstanding," said Rop. Lantos. "Let me be clear-this was no misunderstanding. This was inexcusably negligent behavior at best, and deliberately deceptive behavior at worst"

Chinese Prison [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Hey guys, we aren't talking about a prison in the United States. Yahoo sent people to a prison in China. 10 years in a Chinese prison is a hard time.

clearharmony.net/articles/2004 ...

Anonymous Googler [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Tadeusz: all nations are anti-democratic, including the US, from certain points of view. No nation respects universal human rights completely, and all insist that their own sovereignty takes precedence over universal rights in their territory.

Are you suggesting we fold up shop entirely?

Re;AnonymousG [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

"we'... NOT! yahoo is most welcome in China.

Let Freedom Ring!!

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

The newest movement is this:

Yahoo Settles Jailed Chinese Journalist Lawsuit
pcmag.com/article2/0,2704,2216 ...

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Additionally,
"Yahoo promised to pay the families' legal bills and to create a fund to "provide support to other political dissidents and their families"
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latimes.com/business/printedit ...

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