In less than a week's time, Ipod subcontractor Foxconn's legal action against Mainland journalists turns into a global news story.
The story was first appeared in Donews BBS, picked up by mindmeters, then GVO's roundups. On the same date (Aug 24), Chinese citizen journalist websites inmediahk.net (from Hong Kong)(zh) and coolloud.org.tw (from Taiwan)(zh) followed up the news story and translated into English into a to-be-launched citizen journalist website (interlocals.net).
Yesterday, the First Financial Daily issued an open letter to Foxconn, defending their editor and journalist against Foxconn's legal action in freezing the two individuals assests. The statement also said that such action would enrage the whole media circle. In fact, it has resulted in a series of chain effects within China internet community.
Words in the Chinese press circles are, that FoxConn, therefore Hon Hai, had deliberately picked the two journalists from China Business News to sue in a painstaking plot to harrass and intimidate media outlets and journalists. After all, China Business News was not the only newspaper that doggedly followed the iPod sweatshop story.
nine of the twenty listings from the top are about the FoxConn case with words like boycott,” “disgust,” “condemnation,” “paper tiger” for FoxConn and words like “admiration” and “victory” for the First Financial Daily reporters.
Keso extends the discussion to the lack of legal protection to mainland journalists: