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January 03, 2008



Unfornately, the laws in China were created by a democratically elected government. How can you expect corporations to go against laws that were democratically passed by the National People's Congress?

As the world's largest democracy, the laws in China is very clear on this:

"Article 40. The freedom and privacy of correspondence of citizens of the People's Republic of China are protected by law. No organization or individual may, on any ground, infringe upon the freedom and privacy of citizens' correspondence except in cases where, to meet the needs of state security or of investigation into criminal offences, public security or procuratorial organs are permitted to censor correspondence in accordance with procedures prescribed by law."

What I am more concern about is an apparent double standards, where foreign journalists get away with doing what Shi Tao did. I think the Chinese government in this case is guilty of double standards. Foreign journalist if any should be subjected to harsher punishment.

to go against Article 40 of the Chinese constitution is to go against Democracy. It is through democracy that such laws were created and corporations should respect democracy and the wishes of the people.

Charles Liu

Too bad not many Americans are brave enough to start a "Human Rights in America" thing to promote our own "Shi Tao" - Chi Mak.

Mak was sentenced to 10 years after AT&T obeyed US government's demand to tap Mak's phone. After espionage charge failed, recharged Mak with some bogus "export violation". The document US government accuses Mak of share with the Chinese is public domane information available for download by anyone from ieee.org.

Shame on us America.


Now Yahoo and MSN are supporting the Chinese authorities by posting 'wanted' posters for the rioters on their sites. Two of the 24 on the list have already been caught.


Yahoo! was notorious for its cooperation with totalitarian. In 2004, Yahoo! provided users' IP information to Chinese government and that led to Chinese journalist Shi Tao's 10 years of sentence in Chinese prison.
It seems Yahoo! did not learn any lesson from Shi Tao's case (read Yahoo 'helped jail China writer', BBC News). This time, they did that damn thing to a personal blog, Mango Daily, that voices for Taiwanese democracy.
Lots of Taiwanese bloggers and readers anger about Yahoo's decision and they call for international attention on their freedom of expression.
White Terror Reoccurs in Taiwan - Yahoo! shut down Mango Daily
Yahoo! Taiwan shut down a popular personal blog - Mango Daily (http://tw.myblog.yahoo.com/antired-newspaper) on Nov.21, 2008. Mango Daily is a popular and awarded blog that voices for Taiwanese democracy.
Mango Daily's recent article about a protest rally against China envoy's visit to Taiwan infuriated a riot control policeman and that officer asked Yahoo! to shut down Mango Daily. Yahoo! removed a Mango Daily's article and finally shut down that blog on 3:00pm, Nov.21, 2008. Again, Yahoo! played its role as an agent of totalitarian.
I am from Taiwan. Taiwanese people fought for their basic human rights for decades and earned what they deserved. Taiwan's democracy was once the glory of this state.
However, the status quo changed. After President Ma Ying-jeou's aggressive attempt to improve cross-strait relations with China, Taiwan's democracy and freedom of expression retreated. Some observers believe the improved cross-strait relations are at a cost to Taiwan's liberty.
If you do more research on recent Taiwan events, you might discover that many cases revealed Taiwan's democracy recession during past 6 months. It could be a warning sign for East Asia's human rights outlook.
In a recent case happened in Taiwan, Yahoo! Taiwan shut down a personal blog, Mango Daily, that voices for Taiwan's democracy. It's ironic that Yahoo! Taiwan did this after they signed the Global Network Initiative.

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