View Full Version : Foxconn plant guards beat Journalist for Photographing

February 26th, 2010, 09:55 AM
Well, that is a sensationalist headline if there ever was one.

Allow me to be more precise: employees of a factory owned by a company that produces parts for Apple Beats Journalist for Photographing the front gate of the factory.



In China, a Reuters reporter found out the hard way how seriously some Apple suppliers take security.

Tipped by a worker outside the Longhua complex that a nearby Foxconn plant was manufacturing parts for Apple too, our correspondent hopped in a taxi for a visit to the facility in Guanlan, which makes products for a range of companies.

As he stood on the public road taking photos of the front gate and security checkpoint, a guard shouted. The reporter continued snapping photos before jumping into a waiting taxi. The guard blocked the vehicle and ordered the driver to stop, threatening to strip him of his taxi license.

The correspondent got out and insisted he was within his rights as he was on the main road. The guard grabbed his arm. A second guard ran over, and with a crowd of Foxconn workers watching, they tried dragging him into the factory.

The reporter asked to be let go. When that didn't happen, he jerked himself free and started walking off. The older guard kicked him in the leg, while the second threatened to hit him again if he moved. A few minutes later, a Foxconn security car came along but the reporter refused to board it. He called the police instead.

After the authorities arrived and mediated, the guards apologized and the matter was settled. The reporter left without filing a complaint, though the police gave him the option of doing so.

"You're free to do what you want," the policeman explained, "But this is Foxconn and they have a special status here. Please understand."

February 26th, 2010, 10:09 AM
Thread title amended to reflect quoted item

February 26th, 2010, 10:42 AM
So why was the photographer taking pictures of the factory in the first place?

So he got roughed up a bit, big deal, hazards of the job.

February 26th, 2010, 10:49 AM
So why was the photographer taking pictures of the factory in the first place?

So he got roughed up a bit, big deal, hazards of the job.

Working for Apple does not give a company carte blanche to physically abuse journalists.

February 26th, 2010, 10:53 AM
By the same token journalists don't have carte blanche to go where they like and do what they like, particularly in China.

If the guy had been slaughtered and hung on the fence with his entrails hanging out I could understand that there might be a problem, but this is a pathetic non-story.

February 26th, 2010, 11:00 AM
note that it requires the entrails hanging to be a good story. Until then it's not.

February 26th, 2010, 11:03 AM
I`d probably thank myself lucky if i were him.
I`m actually quite surprised the police never tried helping the guards drag him back in.