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Yahoo: 'Following Law' in China Internet Case

The cofounder of the Internet company Yahoo, Jerry Yang, says his company was complying with Chinese law when it handed over information that led to the imprisonment of a Chinese journalist.

Speaking at a forum about Internet issues Saturday in the resort city of Hangzhou in eastern China, Mr. Yang said he was dismayed by the court action that resulted in a 10-year sentence for journalist Shi Tao, but that a legal order had been served on Yahoo, and the firm was obliged to comply.

Shi, convicted in April, was charged with revealing state secrets. Evidence against the journalist centered on an e-mail message he sent last year that made public a government censorship order barring Chinese news media from marking the 15th anniversary of Beijing's crackdown on democracy activists at Tiananmen Square in June 1989.

Yahoo provided information that allowed Chinese government investigators to trace the message to Shi's computer. Mr. Yang said his company receives frequent requests for such information from law-enforcement agencies, and it complies with all such legal orders that are properly documented.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.