In a well-written article in this morning's New York Times, Nicholas Kristof makes the connection:
"By announcing that it no longer plans to censor search results in China, even if that means it must withdraw from the country, Google is showing spine — a kind that few other companies or governments have shown toward Beijing ... Whatever the motivations, it marks a refreshing contrast to Yahoo assisting the Chinese government in sending four dissidents — Shi Tao, Li Zhi, Jiang Lijun and Wang Xiaoning — to prison for terms of up to 10 years."
A refreshing contrast, indeed. As most of our readers know, Human Rights USA represented Shi Tao and Wang Xiaoning in their lawsuit against Yahoo!, which settled in 2007.
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