A human rights organisation has called on the world's wealthy dotcoms to protest against the arrest of Huang Qi, a Web site operator in Sichuan charged with attempting to overthrow the state. Huang, detained since June, had not been tried, so foreign companies had a rare opportunity to fight for his release, said Human Rights Watch. 'They should not turn a blind eye,' the New York-based organisation said. 'The Internet is supposed to help bring freedom to China, but that is more likely if foreign companies object to the punishment of Internet-users trying to advance freedom.' Huang's wife, Zeng Li, has visited her husband twice and said no date for the trial had been set. She has tried to hire a Beijing lawyer as no local lawyer dares take the case. Huang, a 37-year-old self-employed building materials trader in Chengdu, started his site, which provides a free service for missing people, over a year ago. Mrs Li said more than 10,000 people used the service to locate missing relatives. The site drew the ire of the authorities when it began hosting material on the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, and was closed in March. Police seized the couple on the 11th anniversary of Tiananmen. Mrs Li said the site also angered influential figures in Sichuan by drawing worldwide attention to a racket that required seamen to pay fees to have their appendixes removed.