Menu
China frees journalist incriminated by Yahoo provided email records

China frees journalist incriminated by Yahoo provided email records

Shi Tao had originally been sentenced for 10 years for leaking state secrets

A Chinese journalist who was jailed because of incriminating email records provided by Yahoo has been freed by local authorities after serving over eight years in prison.

Shi Tao, a former reporter and editor of a Chinese newspaper, was released 15 months before finishing his 10-year sentence, said humans rights and literature advocacy group PEN International on Saturday. It is unclear why he was released early.

He was arrested in 2004 after sending out an email that detailed upcoming Chinese government restrictions on the local media in the run up to the 15th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. The email was sent using a Yahoo Mail account, and its information was posted anonymously on a website based in New York focused on promoting democracy in China.

Yahoo agreed to give up Shi's email account information to Chinese authorities, who were tracking the source of the information. It resulted in Shi receiving a 10-year prison sentence for leaking state secrets.

In its defense, Yahoo said it was following Chinese laws in handing over Shi's email records. The company's actions, however, drew criticism from human rights groups and even U.S. lawmakers, who opened an investigation in 2007 over Yahoo's handling of the case.

During the congressional hearings, Yahoo apologized for the incident and said it was working to help release Shi.

Since then, Yahoo's presence in China has greatly diminished. At the start of this month, Yahoo's Internet portal for the country went offline, as part of a strategy change by e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, which controls the Yahoo brand name in China. Yahoo's mail and music services for the country have also closed down.

On Sunday, Voice of America reported that Shi had returned home to the Chinese city of Yinchuan, but declined to speak to the media.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags governmentinternetlegalYahoo

Featured

Slideshows

Meet the leading female front runners of the Kiwi channel

Meet the leading female front runners of the Kiwi channel

Reseller News honoured the leading female front runners of the New Zealand channel at the 2018 Women in ICT Awards (WIICTA) in Auckland. The awards honoured standout individuals across seven categories, spanning Entrepreneur; Innovation; Rising Star; Shining Star; Community; Technical and Achievement.

Meet the leading female front runners of the Kiwi channel
Meet the top performing customer-centric Microsoft channel partners

Meet the top performing customer-centric Microsoft channel partners

Microsoft honoured leading partners across the channel following a year of customer innovation and market growth in New Zealand. The 2018 Microsoft Partner Awards recognised excellence within the context of the end-user, spanning a host of emerging and established providers.

Meet the top performing customer-centric Microsoft channel partners
Reseller News launches new-look Awards at 2018 Judges’ Lunch

Reseller News launches new-look Awards at 2018 Judges’ Lunch

Introducing the Reseller News Innovation Awards, launched to the channel at the 2018 Judges’ Lunch in Auckland. With more than 70 judges now part of the voting panel, the new-look awards will reflect the changing dynamics of the channel, recognising excellence across customer value and innovation - spanning start-ups, partners, distributors and vendors.

Reseller News launches new-look Awards at 2018 Judges’ Lunch
Show Comments