Yahoo still hasn’t provided any comment in response to our story yesterday (free registration) about criticism that it gave information to the Chinese government that led to the jailing of a Chinese journalist. It was a no comment, but the silence is it still ringing loudly in our ears. John Battelle seems to have rousted out an anonymous response from Yahoo, but it doesn’t really help:

Yahoo: Just like any other global company, Yahoo! must ensure that its local country sites must operate within the laws, regulations and customs of the country in which they are based.

Battelle concludes: How I wish these companies had the backbone to at least say what happened was wrong, that the Chinese system is wrong, that they regret they are in this position. Take a stand – say what I know you must feel! One can have an opinion, and still "operate within the laws, regulations and customs of the country in which they are based." Or is it also the law in China that US corporations can’t have an opinion?