Yahoo boycott

Here’s something that will warm the hearts of Rebecca MacKinnon, Ethan Zuckerman, and other freedom bloggers: the National Union of Journalists in the United Kingdom and Ireland has called on its 40,000 members to boycott all Yahoo services, in protest over the company’s perceived kowtowing to the Chinese government.

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.

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