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Hong Kong Legislator: Yahoo Helped China Convict Reporter


A Hong Kong legislator has filed a complaint with the local privacy commission against the Internet company, Yahoo, alleging that it helped Chinese officials convict a dissident journalist.

Hong Kong legislator and lawyer Albert Ho told reporters Friday he filed a formal complaint regarding the case of journalist Shi Tao. Shi was sentenced to 10 years in jail last year on charges of revealing state secrets.

Chinese officials cited an e-mail message he sent in 2004 that made public a government order barring Chinese media from marking the anniversary of the 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy activists in Beijing's Tiananmen Square.

Ho Friday showed reporters a copy of the court verdict against Shi that he said confirms Yahoo's Hong Kong affiliate provided Chinese authorities personal information about the journalist.

Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang said last year his company was complying with Chinese law when it handed over information that led to the imprisonment of Shi.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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