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Japan: Yahoo affiliate under fire for whale meat ads

Yahoo! has found itself embarrassed by its Japanese affiliate which is promoting tinned and fresh whale products, despite the company's ban on such sales anywhere else in the world. The company has said it has no power to impose its policies onto Softbank, which runs the site in Japan.

US: Yahoo attacked over jailing of reporter in China

Yahoo has been attacked by a US congressional panel for being "at best inexcusably negligent" in evidence that it gave over the case of a reporter jailed by China following evidence provided by the company.

EU criticises internet companies in China

The European Parliament has passed a resolution criticising the internet companies that have, in its view, cooperated with repressive regimes that seek to inhibit freedom of information.

Reporters without Borders criticise Yahoo for worst China censorship

The anti-censorship NGO Reporters without Borders has said that the Chinese portal for Yahoo! was the clear worst offender in terms of restricting access to sources not approved by the Chinese government.

UK: Journalist union calls for Yahoo boycott

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has called upon its 40,000 members to boycott Yahoo products and services in protest at what it describes as the company's collusion with the Chinese authorities.

China: Yahoo attacked for helping put journalist in prison

The campaign group Reporters Without Borders has attacked Yahoo for allegedly helping the Chinese authorities to identify and convict the journalist Shi Tao, who has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for 'divulging state secrets abroad'.

Microsoft criticised for 'censorship' on Chinese portal

Microsoft has come under fire upon the revelation that its new internet portal in China, which allows users to set up internet 'blogs', blocks certain uses of terms deemed to be sensitive by Beijing, including words such as 'democracy' and 'human rights'.

Yahoo! urged to resist Chinese pledge on censorship

Yahoo! Inc. risks complicity in rights abuses if it remains a signatory to China's "Public Pledge on Self-discipline for the Chinese Internet Industry," the campaign group Human Rights Watch has said in a letter to Yahoo!'s CEO Terry Semel.

Yahoo To Stop Selling Porn

Yahoo has announced that it is to stop selling pornography via its website. The move is in response to demands from sections of its customer base, following from the company's development of its product portfolio into porn videos.

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