Yahoo Settles With Dissidents' Families

Susan Hall

Yahoo has settled a lawsuit brought by families of two Chinese dissidents who accused the company of illegally helping the Chinese government jail and torture them, reports The Washington Post. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.


Shi Tao and Wang Xiaoning were sentenced to 10-year prison terms for expressing their views online. They were charged with crimes against the state after Yahoo gave their e-mail records to Chinese officials.


Yahoo is not admitting fault, the Post says. All along, it has maintained that to do business in China, a company has to abide by local law.


According to The San Jose Mercury News, Yahoo Chief Executive and co-founder Jerry Yang believed the company could win the lawsuit, but wanted to do the right thing.Yang, who was not head of the company at the time, publicly apologized to the journalists' families during a heated congressional hearing last week.


Yahoo also announced it would start a fund "to provide humanitarian and legal aid to dissidents who have been imprisoned for expressing their views online."

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