“A Chinese court has frozen the personal assets of a reporter and an editor at a Shanghai newspaper after Apple iPod manufacturer Foxconn sued the pair for 30 million yuan (US$3.77 million) for allegedly damaging its reputation over reports of substandard work conditions,” Zhang Liuhao reports for Shanghi Daily.
“Foxconn’s subsidiary in Shenzhen reportedly petitioned the city’s Intermediate People’s Court on July 10 to freeze the property of Wang You, a reporter for China Business News, and Weng Bao, an editor at the newspaper. The locked-up assets include apartments, a car and bank accounts,” Zhang Liuhao reports.
“The company also filed a lawsuit against the journalists, seeking 20 million yuan from Wang and 10 million yuan from Weng. The case is the biggest of its kind on the Chinese mainland in terms of the size of the compensation claim,” Zhang Liuhao reports. “Foxconn is the trade name of Taiwan-based information technology manufacturer Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. It is owned by Terry Guo, one of Taiwan’s richest men… The China Business News yesterday said that it ‘stands firmly behind its journalists and will bear all possible consequences in this case.'”
“The lawsuit charges that a story written by Wang tarnished the company’s reputation,” Zhang Liuhao reports. “On June 11, just four days before Wang’s story was published, Britain’s Daily Mail ran a story alleging poor working conditions in Foxconn’s mainland factories. That story touched off an investigation by Apple. The company later said it found the supplier to be mostly in compliance, but it did find some violations of its code of conduct and was working to address the issues.”
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[Attribution: AppleInsider. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Rainy Day” for the heads up.]
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