iPod Factory Makes Even Apple's Treatment Of Bloggers Look Good
from the apparently dept
Over the last month or so there's been a bit of a controversy over whether or not a Chinese factory where iPods are made was something of a sweatshop. Apple investigated, and while they did find that some of the factory workers were overworked, they denied it qualified as a sweatshop. The company behind the factory, Foxconn, claimed it was vindicated, and suggested that it actually treats employees better than other factories in the area. So, with that out of the way, it seems Foxconn's decided the best course of action, rather than showing how well they treat their employees, is to destroy the lives of the reporters who originally claimed the factory had substandard working conditions. Not just sue them, but try to make their lives a living hell. They sued them for 500 times the average salary of a reporter, while also having their assets (including bank accounts) frozen. Even legal experts in China have claimed that the court's decision to freeze the assets is "absurd". The legal experts point out, first of all, that if the company has a problem with the report, they should sue the newspaper, not the reporters. Second, freezing the reporters' assets serves no reasonable purpose -- other than perhaps guaranteeing that reporters will think twice about ever reporting on substandard working conditions in China again.