According to a report by Reuters, Yahoo Inc is seeking assistance from the U.S. government in pressing for greater press freedom in China. The company’s chief executive, Terry Semel, said while attending an event with New York media executives that Yahoo! had to abide by Chinese laws to do business there. “We tried, and we are going to continue to try as an industry to have our government help us,” Semel was quoted by Reuters as saying. In April, a fourth case came to light suggesting information provided by Yahoo! contributed to the conviction of a dissident writer in China. [Reuters report here].

David Bandurski

CMP Director

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