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September 08, 2005



When providing information and communications services in countries where political dissent is illegal, companies like Yahoo! need to ask themselves tough questions about whether they can realistically operate "within the laws, regulations and customs of the country in which they are based" while still upholding their ethical values. Assuming they have some. Even if they don't, they must recognize that helping put dissidents in jail is pretty bad for the corporate image. Is the damage to Yahoo!'s reputation, credibility, and consumer trust really worth whatever money they're making on that Chinese-language e-mail service?


According to Shi Tao's summary, the Propaganda Dept. circular includes the following instruction to Chinese editors and reporters: "pay attention to any liaison between overseas democratic elements and individual media editors and reporters inside China. If anything is discovered, it is must be reported immediately"

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