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Yahoo collaborating with the 'Nazis'

by Ivana Strahija on April 13th, 2006 A member of Reporters Without Borders went to Yahoo's HQ and wanted to talk to someone about the operations the company was handling in China, but he almost got kicked out.

Although some of the American politicians, following a hearing before House of representatives, compared Yahoo's international conduct in China to those of the ones collaborating with the Nazis during WWII, Yahoo company still chooses to keep its eyes shut. Julien Pain, a reporter without borders, did his bit in trying to convince them they were not only wrong, but also endangering human lives.

The Yahoo crew first tried to kick him out and threatened to call the police on Pain, but they finally sat him down with two rather insignificant executives. -They were just trying to handle some PR crisis. It's a PR crisis? No, it's a human rights crisis, Pain later said.

The sad truth is that information provided by Yahoo to the human rights-intolerant China lead to an arrest and imprisonment of at least two journalist. Li Zhi, one of the journalists, is still in prison, forced to do hard labor, and has developed a serious, life-threatening disease.

Yahoo still defends its actions, saying they were forced to reveal the information by the Chinese laws. This, of course, would not be possible if Yahoo's servers were in a human rights abiding country.

One of the representatives, Christopher Smith, proposed a law which would make it illegal for US companies to filter search results or turn over information about users to certain governments. -For the sake of market share and profits, leading U.S. companies like Google, Yahoo, Cisco and Microsoft have compromised both the integrity of their product and their duties as responsible corporate citizens, said Smith.

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