Saturday, November 11, 2006

Amnesty International on Yahoo, Google

Amnesty calls for action on China
By John Oates


Cisco, Google, Microsoft, Nortel, Sun and Yahoo! named and shamed


Amnesty International is calling on internet users to join its campaign to reclaim the web as a place of freedom.

The lobby group names Cisco, Google, Microsoft, Nortel Networks, Sun and Yahoo! as companies who have co-operated to censor the internet or to help track down individuals.

Amnesty wants users of these services to complain directly - by email or on support forums - about these companies support of repression in China and elsewhere. The group also wants the companies to "come clean" on their policies - they want the companies named to make public all agreements with the Chinese government and publish a list of words excluded from web and blog searches. Amnesty also wants the companies to publicly call for the release of "cyber-dissidents" currently imprisoned.

Amnesty accuses the firms of hypocrisy

Kate Allen, Amnesty's UK director, said: "There is a huge gulf between the companies stated values and their actions. Yahoo!, Microsoft and Google need to stop denying their culpability, acknowledge where their responsibilities lie, and begin to focus on solutions in China."

Yahoo! handed over confidential information which led to the imprisonment of two journalists - Shi Tao and Li Zhi - who have both been adopted as Amnesty Prisoners of Conscience.

Microsoft shut down a blog run by a New York Times researcher Zhao Jing following a request from the Chinese government.

Google is offering a censored version of its search engine for China.

Microsoft gave Israeli authorities the Hotmail account of Mordechai Vanunu - the man who blew the whistle on Israel's nuclear weapon programme. He is out of prison but banned from contacting the foreign media.

The online pledge has already been signed by almost 25,000 people. Go here to sign up or go here to learn more about the irrepressible campaign.

SOURCE: The Register

Also see:

Journalists' union calls for boycott of Yahoo!

Yahoo! on NSA Surveillance: No Comment

Google Watch

2 Comments:

At November 11, 2006 6:52 AM, Blogger Eric Stewart said...

I just picked up an incoming virus at a YouTube vid on LAPD brutality (I was backing my browser up when it happened so I don't know which one did it - I had to shut it down):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUD0JRnW7oc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pE20OPv4I28

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVW5_PJHzR4

 
At November 11, 2006 6:24 PM, Blogger msliberty said...

I just signed the pledge and the count is up to 54,000 signatures now.

Thank you for posting this important action item.

 

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