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Foxconn Eases Up on Chinese Journalists
Thursday, August 31st, 2006 at 7:45 AM - by
Foxconn, the subcontractor that produces some of Apple's iPods, agreed to reduce its claim against the journalists that reported on its substandard workplace conditions from 30 million yuan to 1 yuan. Reuters reports that the company will also ask the Chinese courts to unfreeze the the journalists' assets.
But, while Foxconn showed a somewhat softer side to the journalists, it decided to add the news service they work for, China Business News, to the list of defendants.
Wang You and Weng Bao were hit with a lawsuit by Foxconn for the article they wrote that uncovered substandard workplace conditions at the Longhua factory that makes iPods for Apple Computer. Apple ultimately conducted its own investigation, and found that Foxconn violated some of the code of ethics standards it imposes on subcontractors.
Following a letter from Reporters Without Borders to Steve Jobs requesting assistance for the journalists, an Apple spokesperson stated that the company was working "behind the scenes" to help. It's unclear, however, if Apple had a hand inFoxconn's descision to reduce its claim.
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