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Apple to help resolve dispute between Foxconn, journalists

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By LC Angell

Contributing Editor
Published: Wednesday, August 30, 2006
News Categories: iPod

Apple is working to resolve a legal dispute between iPod manufacturer Foxconn and two Chinese journalists who are being sued for writing about labor conditions at Foxconn’s iPod factory. “Apple is working behind the scenes to help resolve this issue,” an Apple spokesman, Jill Tan, said. As previously reported, Foxconn has filed a defamation lawsuit against a reporter and an editor at the China Business News, claiming their story on the poor working and living conditions at the company’s Chinese iPod factory tarnished Foxconn’s reputation. The iPod manufacturer also got local courts to freeze the personal assets of the two journalists. Reporters Without Borders, a Chinese media and a journalists’ advocacy group, criticized Foxconn’s suit and urged Apple to intercede, going as far as sending an open letter to Apple CEO Steve Jobs asking that he take action.

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I wonder if this is to try to bring the issue to an end quickly…because the longer this goes on in the press, the more people will associate Apple with Chinese slave labor.

Posted by stark23x on August 30, 2006 at 12:49 PM (PDT)

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That and Apple needs to make this go away before people start looking at Foxconn to see if they journalist and editor were actually correct in their reporting.  If it goes to court Foxconn will REALLY be under the magnifying glass and if other officials claim that the factory was indeed breaking labor laws after Apple did its own servey could be pretty bad.

Posted by 3rdEye on August 30, 2006 at 1:08 PM (PDT)

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Or maybe Apple, although it is a corporation aiming to make money, actually appreciates the concept of a free press and wants to encourage such practices in the emerging democratic society in China.

Posted by BigBen on August 31, 2006 at 5:09 PM (PDT)

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