Roadblocks on the superhighway – the appetite for censorship is spreading

Every internet company looking at the Chinese market is being forced to compromise its principles – and the appetite for censorship is spreadingSo, after a long campaign against one of the world’s most powerful internet companies, the families of two Chinese journalists imprisoned by Beijing’s repressive regime can claim a victory … of sorts.The internet giant Yahoo has finally apologised for its role in the locking up of Wang Xiaoning and Shi Tao, following a US congressional investigation and a series of revelations about how it willingly passed information to the Chinese government that helped them track down and arrest these political dissidents.Of course, the settlement will be scant consolation for the families of the two journalists – who are still serving 10-year sentences – but at least it raises the ugly question of Silicon Valley’s cooperation with China’s authoritarian regime.

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