3/31/2006

Yahoo threatened with court action over jailed Chinese journalist

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 11:58 am

Internet firm Yahoo may face legal action for allegedly providing information which allowed a Chinese journalist to be jailed for 10 years for leaking state secrets.

Zhang Yu, representing the family of Shi Tao, said they were considering taking Yahoo Hong Kong Holdings to court either here or in the United States.

“We believe what (Yahoo) did was illegal so we are considering taking Yahoo to court,” Zhang told reporters Friday, adding that Yahoo had refused to discuss the matter with him.

Shi, 37, was sentenced in April last year after posting on the Internet a government order barring Chinese media from marking the 15th anniversary of the brutal Tiananmen Square crackdown on democracy activists.

Yahoo allegedly provided information that proved Shi had emailed the order from his office computer at the Contemporary Business News.

Source: AFP

 

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