Yahoo most zealous search censor in China
Yahoo's Chinese site is the most zealous search engine with regard to
censorship in China, according to an article by
Reporters Without Borders. The organization found that Yahoo
censored search results more thoroughly than even China's own number
one search engine, Baidu. A search test for the term "press freedom"
found only one "unauthorized" result on Yahoo.cn, while Baidu found
three and Google's Chinese site found five. What's more, searching
Yahoo.cn for keywords like "6-4"—the date of the Tiananmen Square
incident, during which thousands of protesters were killed on June 4,
1989—blocks the user's access to the search engine for one hour,
Reporters Without Borders says.
Of course, this report may come as no surprise to some. Yahoo has been
known for its Sino-friendly policy since it was accused last year of collaborating
with the Chinese government to put Chinese journalist Shi Tao behind
bars. Tao's crime was leaking the contents of a Communist party memo
that sought to control press coverage of the Tiananmen Square massacre's
15th anniversary on June 4, 2004. Tao was charged with "divulging state
secrets" and sentenced to ten years in prison.