1235Boycott Yahoo! over Chinese Co-operation?
- May 7 12:29 AMGood morning,
This is message relevent to _any_ YahooGroup! unfortunately:
As you may be aware, human rights group Privacy International have
been calling for some months for boycott of Yahoo! over their role in
the imprisonment of a Chinese journalist.
I'm doing some research at the moment about alternative - and
perhaps, more ethical - Internet sites which can host discussions
lists for non-commercial groups. Please get in touch with me by private
(off-list) email if you can help, or want help, in migrating away from
More information about the boycott is available:
Human rights watchdog Privacy International has called for a worldwide
consumer boycott of Yahoo, which has today been implicated in the
imprisonment of a Chinese journalist.
According to documents released by Reporters Without Borders, Shi Tao
was jailed for ten years after Yahoo had provided the Chinese
government with details of an email he had sent to Western media. See
Privacy International's director, Simon Davies, said the actions of
Yahoo were reprehensible. "This is a disreputable episode. Western
companies are increasingly cutting deals with the Chinese government
to serve their shareholders' interests at the expense of ethical
"A boycott would send a clear message to Yahoo shareholders and to
other companies who cheerfully sacrifice human rights in return for a
cut of the Chinese market".
"Until China recognises the basis of due legal process and fundamental
rights Western companies have no moral foundation to reap profits from
"Yahoo and other technology companies employ a flimsy moral argument
of pragmatism to justify such actions. The public should see these
arguments for the sham that they are."
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