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Yahoo says it obeyed local law in Chinese journalist case

[JURIST] Internet giant Yahoo [corporate website] defended itself Thursday against claims that the company aided China in the prosecution and ten-year imprisonment of journalist Shi Tao for divulging state secrets abroad. Yahoo's Hong Kong arm allegedly helped China link to the journalist's e-mail account and computer, where they found evidence that he sent an internal Communist Party message to foreign websites. Media watchdog group Reporters Without Borders [advocacy website] has accused Yahoo of aiding China [JURIST report], but the Internet company replied that their local country sites must abide by local laws, although they declined to comment on whether they furnished the Chinese government with the information. Reuters has more.

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