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25 investment funds will monitor Net-firms in repressive regimes

25 investment funds will monitor Net-firms in repressive regimes
25 investment funds will monitor Net-firms in repressive regimes



[Generally so-called "socially responsible" funds don't perform as well 
as "sin funds" that invest in booze, gambling concerns, and so on. I 
wouldn't put my money in them. But they certainly have the right to move 
their money around as they see fit, and this seems to me to be a far 
more effective and efficient method of oversight than government action. 
--Declan]


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Press conference : 25 investment funds agree to monitor 
operations of Internet businesses in repressive regime countries
Date: Thu, 3 Nov 2005 11:42:23 +0200
From: RSF.Internet  
To: declan@well.com 

Hi Declan,
What do you think of this initiative? (we're not
asking governmental intervention...)
Do you think you could circulate the information?
Best,
Julien

INVITATION

Reporters Without Borders / Internet Freedom desk


PRESS CONFERENCE (New York)

Monday, November 7, 2005, at 11.30 a.m.
Overseas Press Club
40 West 45 Street, New York, NY 10036

Corporate Responsibility and Freedom of Expression

Concerned by allegations that some U.S. companies
in the Internet sector are cooperating with
authoritarian governments to censor speech and
imprison dissidents, and by recent revelations of
the role allegedly played by Yahoo! in the prison
sentencing of a Chinese journalist,

A group of 25 investment managers, research
houses, foundations, and religious investors have
called on Internet businesses to publicly state
support for freedom of expression world wide and
agreed to monitor operations of Internet
businesses in repressive regime countries

Following Reporters Without Borders' lead, 25
North American, European, and Australian
investment funds and other organizations, who
collectively represent over 21 billion dollars
under management, have endorsed a joint statement
in which they affirm their commitment to freedom
of expression on the Internet, and in which they
agree, among other things, to monitor business
practices being implemented in repressive
countries by Internet-sector companies.

At the press conference, the two firms that have
supported Reporters Without Borders' joint
statement from the start - Boston Common Asset
Management, LLC and Domini Social Investments
LLC, will explain why their respective
institutions  are committed to the principles of
the declaration and the business risks that face
IT sector companies that collaborate to suppress
freedom of opinion and expression. They will also
discuss some of the concrete implications of this
statement.

For the first time in the United States, Lu Kun,
the wife of Chinese cyberdissident Yang Zili,
will attest to the fate awaiting dissident
Internet users and website managers in her
country. In May 2003, her husband was sentenced
to 8 years in prison for creating an Internet
website advocating democracy - a case reminiscent
of the one involving Shi Tao, who received a 10
year prison sentence in April for posting data
considered to be a "State secret" on an Internet
website based in the US. The Chinese police
managed to identify the journalist based on
information provided by the Internet server
hosting his e-mail account: Yahoo !

The text of the investor statement will be
distributed at the press conference, together
with the complete list of co-signers.

Guest Speakers:

- Dawn Wolfe, Social Research and Advocacy
Analyst, Boston Common Asset Management, LLC;
- Adam M. Kanzer, Director of Shareholder
Advocacy, Domini Social Investments LLC;
- Lu Kun, the wife of imprisoned cyberdissident Yang Zili
- Julien Pain, Head of the Internet Freedom Desk, Reporters Without Borders.

If you wish to plan to attend, please contact:
Lucie Morillon, Washington Representative,
lucie.morillon@rsf.org, cell phone: (202) 256-5613 
Or Julien Pain, internet@rsf.org, 33 1 44 83 84 71 

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CONFERENCE DE PRESSE (New York)

Lundi 7 novembre 2005, =E0 11h30
Overseas Press Club
40 West 45 Street, New York, NY 10036

Responsabilit=E9 des entreprises et libert=E9 d'expression

Pr=E9occup=E9s par la collaboration de certaines
entreprises am=E9ricaines du secteur de l'Internet
avec des gouvernements autoritaires, et alarm=E9s
par les r=E9centes r=E9v=E9lations concernant
l'implication de Yahoo ! dans la condamnation
d'un journaliste chinois,

25 fonds d'investissement et cabinets d'analyse
financi=E8re s'engagent =E0 surveiller l'activit=E9 des
entreprises du secteur de l'Internet dans les
pays r=E9pressifs

   A l'initiative de Reporters sans fronti=E8res, 25
fonds d'investissement nord-am=E9ricains,
australiens et europ=E9ens, qui g=E8rent pr=E8s de 21
milliards de dollars d'actifs, ont sign=E9 une
d=E9claration commune dans laquelle ils affirment
leur engagement en faveur de la libert=E9
d'expression sur le Web et s'engagent, entre
autres, =E0 surveiller l'activit=E9 des entreprises
du secteur de l'Internet dans les pays r=E9pressifs.

Lors de la conf=E9rence de presse, les deux fonds
ayant soutenu le projet de Reporters sans
fronti=E8res depuis son origine, Boston Common
Asset Management LLC et Domini Social Investment
LLC, expliqueront pourquoi leurs organisations
ont souhait=E9 s'engager sur ce sujet. Ils
d=E9tailleront =E9galement les implications concr=E8tes
de cette d=E9claration.

L'=E9pouse du cyberdissident chinois Yang Zili, Lu
Kun, t=E9moignera, pour la premi=E8re fois aux
Etats-Unis, du sort des internautes et des
responsables de sites dans son pays. En mai 2003,
son mari a =E9t=E9 condamn=E9 =E0 huit ans de prison pour
avoir cr=E9=E9 un site Internet pr=F4nant la d=E9mocratie
; une affaire qui rappelle celle de Shi Tao,
condamn=E9 en juin dernier =E0 dix ans de prison pour
avoir publi=E9 des informations consid=E9r=E9es comme
"secret d'Etat" sur un site Internet bas=E9 aux
Etats-unis. Ce journaliste a =E9t=E9 identifi=E9 par la
police chinoise gr=E2ce =E0 des informations fournies
par l'h=E9bergeur de son compte e-mail : Yahoo !

Le texte de la d=E9claration des fonds
d'investissement sera distribu=E9 lors de la
conf=E9rence de presse, ainsi que la liste compl=E8te
des signataires.

Les intervenants :

- Dawn Wolfe, responsable de la recherche sur
l'investissement =E9thique chez Boston Common Asset
Management LLC;
- Adam Kenzer, directeur des investissements
=E9thiques chez Domini Social Investments LLC
- Lu Kun, femme du cyberdissident emprisonn=E9 Yang Zili
(voir : http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=11649). 
- Julien Pain, responsable du bureau Internet et
libert=E9s de Reporters sans fronti=E8res

Merci de confirmer votre venue =E0 :
Lucie Morillon, Washington Representative,
lucie.morillon@rsf.org, cell : (202) 256-5613 
Ou Julien Pain, internet@rsf.org, 33 (0) 1 44 83 84 71 


--
Julien Pain
Bureau Internet et libert=E9s / Internet Freedom desk
___________________________________________

Reporters sans fronti=E8res / Reporters Without Borders
TEL: ++ 33 (0) 1 44 83 84 71
FAX: ++ 33 (0) 1 45 23 11 51
internet@rsf.org 
www.internet.rsf.org 

Read our handbook for bloggers and cyber-dissidents :
http://www.rsf.org/rubrique.php3?id_rubrique=542 

Consultez notre guide du blogger et du cyberdissident :
http://www.rsf.org/rubrique.php3?id_rubrique=527 
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