Yahoo rats out Chinese reporter to Beijing, writer gets 10 years in jail

This is vile — Yahoo Hong Kong turned over information to the Chinese government that led to the convinction and ten-year prison-sentence of a dissident journalist:

Reporters Without Borders said Yahoo's Hong Kong arm helped China link Shi Tao's e-mail account and computer to a message containing the information.

The media watchdog accused Yahoo of becoming a "police informant" in order to further its business ambitions…

Shi Tao, 37, worked for the Contemporary Business News in Hunan province, before he was arrested and sentenced in April to 10 years in prison…

"We already knew that Yahoo! collaborates enthusiastically with the Chinese regime in questions of censorship, and now we know it is a Chinese police informant as well," Reporters Without Borders said in a statement.


(Thanks, John!)

Update: Xeni notes, "Here's what the BBC based their story on — way more info in here. Includes
a PDF of the verdict."