Advertisements
//
you're reading...
Human Rights & Social Issues

China releases reporter jailed in Yahoo email case


Shi was arrested in 2004 and sentenced to prison the following year on charges of disclosing state secrets.

Shi was arrested in 2004 and sentenced to prison on charges of disclosing state secrets.

A Chinese reporter who was sentenced to prison in 2005 after Yahoo Inc. disclosed details of his email has been released, a writer’s group announced Sunday.

Shi Tao was released August 23, 15 months before the end of his sentence, the Independent Chinese Pen Centre said in a statement. There was no indication why Shi was released early.

Shi was arrested in 2004 and sentenced to prison the following year on charges of disclosing state secrets. He had sent details of a government memo about restrictions on news coverage to a human rights forum in the United States.

Human rights activists and U.S. legislators criticised Yahoo for disclosing details of Shi’s email to the Chinese government, which led to his conviction.

Yahoo, based in Sunnyvale, California, said it was obligated to comply with Chinese government demands for information. But at a United States congressional hearing in November, 2007, the company’s chief executive, Jerry Yang, apologised to Shi’s family.

Shortly after that, Yahoo settled lawsuits brought by the families of Shi and Wang Xiaoning, a dissident who was sentenced to prison on subversion charges after the company’s Hong Kong affiliate disclosed contents of his email account to Chinese authorities.

Also in 2007, the World Association of Newspapers gave Shi its Golden Pen of Freedom award.

Yahoo turned over control of its email and other services in China to a local partner, Alibaba Group, in 2005. The U.S. company bought a 40 percent stake in Alibaba.

Yahoo closed its email service in China last month and recommended users switch to a service run by Alibaba.

Source:  ABC News – “China Releases Reporter Jailed in Yahoo Email Case”
 
 
Advertisements

About Pundit Planet

Editor, www.punditfromanotherplanet.com

Discussion

One thought on “China releases reporter jailed in Yahoo email case

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Advertisements

China Daily Mail

China Daily Mail is not affiliated in any way with The China Daily or the government of the People's Republic of China.

Enter your email address to receive an email each time an article is published, or join our RSS feed. 100% FREE.

Want to write for China Daily Mail?

Read “Contributor Guidelines” above to join our team of 76 contributors. Write news or opinion about issues in China, or post photos and video. Promote your own site.

Recent Posts

China Daily Mail Stories Have Been Featured In:

Advertisements
%d bloggers like this: