UK journalists urged to boycott Yahoo
CSR Asia, a NGO devoted to Corporate Social Responsibility, notes that the union representing journalists in the UK and Ireland has called on its 40,000 members to boycott all Yahoo Inc. products and services to protest the Internet company’s reported actions in China:
The National Union of Journalists said it sent a letter on Friday to Dominique Vidal, Yahoo Europe’s vice president, denouncing the company for allegedly providing information to Chinese authorities about journalists.
The union also said it would stop using all Yahoo-operated services.
Yahoo has been cited in court decisions as supplying China’s government with information to help them identify, prosecute, and jail writers advocating democracy.
The NUJ regards Yahoo’s actions as a completely unacceptable endorsement of the Chinese authorities,” wrote Jemima Kiss, chairman of the NUJ new media council in the letter to Vidal.
Yahoo spokesperson Mary Osako said the Sunnyvale, California-based company believes it must conduct business in each country in ways that business in each country in ways that comply with local laws.
Meanwhile, BBC reports that China has blocked www.google.com nationwide on 31 May. The blocking was also being extended to Google News and Google Mail, according to Reporters Without Borders:
The authorities have largely managed to neutralise software designed to sidestep censorship since 24 May. Such software as Dynapass, Ultrasurf, Freegate and Garden Networks is normally used by about 100,000 people in China to gain access to news and information that is blocked by the firewall isolating China from the rest of the worldwide web.