Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Yahoo! Aids the Communist Party

Here's part of an AP article from a week ago:

While China encourages use of the Internet for business and education, it also tightly controls Web content, censoring anything it considers critical or a threat to the Communist Party. Blogs often are shut down, and users who post articles promoting Western-style democracy and freedom are regularly detained and jailed.

Yahoo! turned over a draft e-mail from one of its users to Chinese authorities, who used the information to jail the man on subversion charges, according to the verdict from his 2003 trial released Wednesday by a rights group.

It was the third time the U.S.-based Internet company has been accused of helping put a Chinese user in prison.

Jiang Lijun, 39, was sentenced to four years in prison in November 2003 for subversive activities aimed at overthrowing the ruling Communist Party....

The information was listed in the verdict under "physical evidence and written evidence." It proved that Jiang and the other activists were planning to "make preparations for organizing a party and to use violence to overthrow the Communist Party," the verdict said.

Jiang also was one of five activists who signed an open letter calling for political reform that was posted on the Internet ahead of the Communist Party congress -- a major event -- in November 2002.

Now the first thing that comes to mind is shock at how oppressed China is. The freedom of speech is so limited that the Chinese government will shut down blogs that speak out in any way against the Communist Party! In China, you can be jailed just for voicing your opinion! If you write an email, post, or article promoting democracy or Western civilization you can be arrested!

Just when you're good a mad at the Communist oppression, you learn that a US company is helping China track down these "free-speakers"?!?! Yahoo, a site that most of us use daily, has aided the Communist Party in finding, arresting, and jailing innocent people!!

What a terrible thing it must be to live in a country where you cannot even voice your opinions on a blog or an email. I'd love to lead a nation-wide boycott against Yahoo, but it would probably not get very far. So just say a prayer that life gets better ( and safer) for the poor people living in China.


  • Yahoo... *shakes head*

    By Anonymous David Boskovic, at 8:30 AM  

  • Hey,
    I usually don't use yahoo. Their search stinks.
    I try not to use google as weel, because they do the same thing in China.

    www.ask.com in good.

    By Blogger Palm boy, at 8:52 AM  

  • That wasn't very nice of Yahoo! I wonder how much they are paid to do that. It should be a warning against writing anything stupid or dangerous in an email. Your audience may be larger than you think!

    By Blogger Elizabeth Ellen Moore, at 12:03 PM  

  • MVB,

    I'd love to lead a nation-wide boycott against Yahoo, but it would probably not get very far.

    Never underestimate yourself, especially now with the internet. If you say it and encourage your blogger friends to do the same, it may lead somewhere. On a side note, I never liked Yahoo.

    By Blogger Mercy Now, at 12:59 PM  

  • That's horrid.

    By Blogger Kaitlin, at 2:26 PM  

  • Yikes. That would be really scary! Thanks for letting us know about that...

    By Blogger Lindsey, at 4:59 PM  

  • That is awful. I'm so glad that in the US we have freedom of speech.

    By Blogger Hannah-Liz, at 5:07 AM  

  • Well, now I'm glad that my dad took Yahoo Instant Messaging off our computer.

    By Blogger Sara, at 12:58 PM  

  • I don't know about the rest of you guys, but I think boycotting Yahoo would be a pretty good way to get the message across. It actually wouldn't be that difficult, if you think about it. There's other IMs, other search engines, other free emails. We just have to tell other people. Let's hop to it. Who would like to start composing a letter/email to Yahoo stating our intent?

    By Anonymous Aly, at 8:46 PM  

  • And ya know whats worse about this?
    The stuff they turned over was in a draft email! He hadn't sent it yet!

    By Blogger Palm boy, at 8:34 AM  

  • *frown* I'm glad we've deleted all our Yahoo stuff...

    By Anonymous aly, at 9:05 AM  

  • Unfortunately, Yahoo News is the best source of news on the internet ( the best organized). That's were I got this story! :)

    By Blogger MVB, at 10:49 AM  

  • But there's other ways! Other search engines, other news sources. I don't know about you guys, but I'm not using Yahoo stuff any more.

    By Anonymous Aly, at 1:55 PM  

  • The Assoc Press is the first to the news, then they distribute it to news agencies. I don't know if their engine is better than Yahoo tho.

    So this gives you a dilemma, doesn't it?

    By Blogger Mercy Now, at 7:55 PM  

  • China isn't the only country that denies its people free speech.

    Probably more countries are like China in that regard than like the U.S..

    By Blogger Rabenstrange, at 8:51 PM  

  • That's true, but we have to start somewhere, and this is somewhere. What really frustrates me is when we don't do things because it's "too hard" when we haven't even tried. One of the reasons we don't try is pride. We're afraid to fail, afraid that it'll make us look bad, and so we don't try. That is really something that aggravates me.

    By Anonymous Aly, at 2:39 PM  

  • Google news is better, but the Drudge Report beats 'em both.

    By Blogger Palm boy, at 6:04 PM  

  • Sadly, it's all about profits. Companies such as Yahoo and Google can potentially make millions, if not billions, of dollars by dealing in countries such as China. To them, a few points’ gain in the stock market is worth more than the life of an anonymous user.

    By Blogger Neemund, at 3:30 AM  

  • *sigh*
    Sorry. I was pretty harsh there. My apologies about that...

    By Anonymous Aly, at 9:52 AM  

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    By Blogger Joel, at 8:33 PM  

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