Stanford Journalism Fellowship Keeps Yahoo Money Despite Criticism

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Stanford University will keep a $1 million grant from Yahoo Inc. for a journalism fellowship despite criticism that the company turned over information on journalists to Chinese authorities.

The Yahoo money over the next decade to the John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford is slated to bring one journalist to campus annually from countries where the news media is restricted.

Many former Knight fellows criticized the school for accepting funding from a company accused of undermining the principles of a free press.

Jim Bettinger, the director of the fellowship program, said the program is considering holding a forum to engage Yahoo and other media companies about operating in repressive countries.

The Sunnyvale company has supplied information to Chinese law enforcement that led to the arrests of two journalists and two other Chinese dissidents, according to Human Rights Watch.

Yahoo has said its China unit has provided information to comply with the country’s laws.

Earlier this year, Yahoo, Google and several other tech leaders were called to Washington, D.C., by congressional leaders, who accused the companies of helping the Chinese government censor its citizens.

Yahoo’s Michael Callahan testified before Congress in February that “these issues are larger than any one company, or any one industry.”

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