China: Apple's iPod supplier Foxconn drops defamation lawsuit against journalists who reported poor working conditions

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Article
5 September 2006

Taiwan firm drops China iPod libel case

Author: Reuters

A Taiwanese firm has dropped its libel claim against two Shanghai journalists and their newspaper for saying that workers at a plant manufacturing iPods were mistreated, the official Xinhua news agency said on Sunday. Shenzhen-based Foxconn, which manufactures iPods for Apple Inc. and the China Business News had apologised to each other for the trouble caused by the lawsuit, Xinhua said. Foxconn International Holdings is an arm of Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. In a joint statement the two sides also agreed to cooperate to protect workers' rights...

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Article
30 August 2006

Apple says it's trying to resolve dispute over labor conditions at Chinese iPod factory

Author: AP

Apple Computer said Wednesday it was trying to settle a dispute over alleged labor abuses at an iPod factory in China, an awkward case highlighting the challenges big companies face in living up to their codes of conduct while outsourcing most of their production... [The factory] is a wholly owned subsidiary of Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group [part of Hon Hai]. "Apple is working behind the scenes to help resolve this issue," an Apple spokesman, Jill Tan, said Wednesday.

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Company response
30 August 2006

Response by Apple: Apple supplier Foxconn sues two journalists who raised concerns about working conditions at Foxconn iPod factory. Reporters Without Borders calls on Apple to intercede.

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