Yahoo Sells out Chinese Blogger
February 09, 2006
Boing Boing reports that Yahoo Inc. sold out a blogger to the Chinese authorities:
Human rights group Reporters Without Borders is reporting that Yahoo! provided Chinese authorities with personally identifying data on yet another of its customers in China. Li Zhi, a 35-year-old resident of Sichuan province, used what he believed to be an anonymous Yahoo account to express his opinions on message boards and chatrooms, and was accused of communicating online with overseas dissidents.More on this story from the Washington Post.
The data Yahoo gave authorities led to his imprisonment for eight years, says RSF -- that would be the second such case involving Yahoo in less than a year (Link to previous Boing Boing posts about Shi Tao, the Chinese journalist jailed for ten years with Yahoo's help).