September 07, 2005

The text of the verdict in the case of journalist Shi Tao -- sentenced in April to 10 years in prison for "divulging state secrets abroad" -- shows that Yahoo! Holdings (Hong Kong) Ltd. provided China's state security authorities with details that helped to identify and convict him. ... Translated into English by the Dui Hua Foundation (which works to document the cases of Chinese political prisoners), the verdict reveals that Yahoo! Holdings (Hong Kong) Ltd. provided the Chinese investigating organs with detailed information that apparently enabled them to link Shi's personal e-mail account ( and the specific message containing information treated as a "state secret" to the IP address of his computer.

- Reporters Without Borders

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