AP reports that "U.S. lawmaker announces investigation of Yahoo's role in Chinese rights case" as Congressional investigators intend to find out whether Yahoo officials misrepresented the U.S. Internet company's role in the arrest of Chinese journalist Shi Tao who was sentenced to jail for a 10 year tenure.
It was Tom Lantos, Chairman of House Foreign Affairs who ordered for the investigation after a document surfaced which "raised questions about what Yahoo knew when it shared information with authorities about Shi Tao. Beijing officials wanted Shi for sending an e-mail about Chinese media restrictions."
Lantos was heard saying, Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“For a firm engaged in the information industry, Yahoo sure has a lot of secrecy to answer for. We expect to learn the truth and to hold the company to account.Ă˘â‚¬Âť Further, he also said, Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“covering up such a despicable practice when Congress seeks an explanation is a serious offense.Ă˘â‚¬Âť
Yahoo! spokesman, Jim Cullinan said that the House Foreign Affairs Chairman "is rushing to judgment on this issue, because the facts will support Yahoo's testimony to Congress."
It was the Dui Hua Foundation, who surfaced a document which says that the Beijing State Security Bureau had asked the No 2 search engine company for details of Shi tao's e-mail account to examine incedulous "illegal provision of state secrets to foreign entities."
"To do business with China's more than 100 million Internet users, U.S. tech companies must satisfy a government that fiercely polices Internet content. Filters block objectionable foreign Web sites; regulations ban what the Chinese consider subversive and pornographic content and require service providers to enforce censorship."
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