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March 19, 2012

Foxconn not to take legal action after retraction of radio show

‘The American Life’ programme's episode ‘Mike Daisey Goes to the Apple Factory’ had many fabrications, according to its executive producer

By CBR Staff Writer

Apple’s iPad and iPhone maker Foxconn Technology Group said it would not take legal action against a radio programme produced by Chicago Public Media after it was retracted.

The programme ‘The American Life’ had an episode ‘Mike Daisey Goes to the Apple Factory,’ which was said to be a critical commentary on the working conditions at a Chinese factory of Foxconn.

The executive producer of the programme was quoted by the Reuters as saying that the programme had contained numerous fabrications.

After Daisey visited Foxconn’s plants in China, he is reported to have said that guards at the factory had guns, while only the military and police are permitted to carry guns in China, according to the programme.

Foxconn’s spokesman Simon Hsing said their corporate image had been totally ruined.

"The point is whatever media that cited the programme should not have reported it without confirming (with us)," said Hsing.

"We have no plans to take legal action… We hope nothing similar will happen again," added Hsing.

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