A company that publicly stands for free thought, liberty, and human rights should not be selling the shackles of oppression on the grounds that the chains might also have a less insidious use. This immoral pettifogging is unacceptable. The act of selling jumper cables and car batteries to a country that has told you it intends to electrocute political activists with them does not become less repugnant because they can also start a car.
Meanwhile, the global reach of China’s own internet firms, many of them listed on American stock exchanges, is drawing legal challenges. Campaigners in New York have started a suit against Baidu, saying its censored search results violate their constitutional rights. The plaintiffs’ lawyer, Stephen Preziosi, insists the case be heard in an American court -- Baidu sells advertising to American firms and aggressively protects its American trademark, he says.