I think thats why it is so shocking to learn that Yahoo! has colluded with the repressive Chinese government to help identify Internet dissidents who were subsequently thrown in jail.
I urge you to join me today by expressing outrage at Yahoo!s participation in human rights abuses in China.
The details are shocking. Investigations by Amnesty International and others show that:
At the Chinese governments request Yahoo! routinely censors search engine results
in China -- without disclosing that the censorship has happened.
Yahoo!-disclosed private user information has allegedly been used to persecute at
least three political dissidents in China.
In one case, that of journalist Shi Tao, information turned over by Yahoo! was
submitted as evidence in a trial that ended in a 10-year prison sentence. A primary
piece of evidence was a private email Mr. Shi sent to the United States from
his Yahoo! email account.
We dont really know how many voices have been silenced through Yahoo!s collusion, or how many people have been rounded up. What we do know, and why we need your help, is that Yahoo! cannot hide behind the supposed realpolitik of working in China.
Recent examinations of four American Internet technology companies operating in China Yahoo!, Google, Microsoft, and Cisco -- suggest that Yahoo! has most actively aided repressive forces in China, by helping to jail political dissidents.
New York Times columnist and consistent voice for human rights Nicholas Kristof concludes Yahoo! sold its soul and is a national disgrace.
Yahoo! is not immune to public condemnation. Your demands for change will get the Internet giants attention.
Amnesty demands that Yahoo! use its influence to secure prisoner of conscience Shi Tao's release and to stop any actions that could undermine human rights in any country in which it operates.
Every voice makes a difference. Please take action today.
Thanks for all you do.