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Foxconn Guards Kick and Threaten Reporter

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 39 comments

A Reuters reporter is manhandled for taking photos of the outside of a Foxconn factory.

Apple is notoriously secretive about upcoming products, refusing to comment on anything until there's been a product launch. We've all heard the crazy stories about people at Apple working on projects under dark cloths, so that passing coworkers can't see what they're doing.

The fact that Apple is so tight-lipped about new products probably contributes to how strict contractors are about helping to keep Cupertino's secrets. Security at the factories is tight and companies are often given several different versions of the same product. This makes it easier to tell who's been leaking information should that situation arise.

One Reuters reporter decided to go and check out the security at one of Foxconn's facilities outside of Hong Kong. What happened to him is truly frightening. The report cites an employee who says, "Security is tight everywhere inside the factories. They use metal detectors and search us. If you have any metal objects on you when you leave, they just call the police."

Arriving outside the facility, the Reuters correspondent called the police himself. The reporter was apparently standing on a public road outside the factory, snapping pictures of the front gate and security check point, when a guard shouted at him. The journalist jumped into his waiting taxi but the guard stood in front of the vehicle and threatened to strip the cab driver of his license if he did not stop.

The Reuters correspondent exited the car and pointed out that as he was on a public road, he was well within his rights to be taking photographs. The guards tried to drag him into the factory but when the writer's requests to be released were not met, he pulled out of their grasp and began to walk away. One of the guards then kicked him in the leg and another threatened to hit him again if he moved.

Foxconn brought around a security car but the reporter refused to get in. Instead, he called the police who arrived soon after and diffused the situation. The guards apologized and the police gave the journalist the option to press charges, but not before advising him, "You're free to do what you want, but this is Foxconn and they have a special status here. Please understand."

Reuters goes on to say that it is unlikely Apple tells its contractors security guards how to behave or how to respond to reporters taking pictures of the outside of the factory. However, it does highlight how seriously these companies take Apple's confidentiality agreements.

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    the_krasno , February 18, 2010 9:15 PM
    What else would you expect in china? The guy is lucky he didn't "mysteriously" committed suicide.
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    Hupiscratch , February 19, 2010 12:20 AM
    pei-chenThe world will be a far better place if half of the world's reporter suddenly died.


    That´s the kind of thinking you'd expect from a China's Communist Party member. China would be a far better place if this party just vanished.
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    killerclick , February 18, 2010 9:33 PM
    Apple is just one out of many companies that Foxconn manufactures for. Oh well, it's China.
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    festerovic , February 18, 2010 9:13 PM
    where was this factory?

    and

    Foxconn is gangster!
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    festerovic , February 18, 2010 9:13 PM
    oh nm, I see it was in Hong Kong. As if there are laws there.
  • 29 Hide
    the_krasno , February 18, 2010 9:15 PM
    What else would you expect in china? The guy is lucky he didn't "mysteriously" committed suicide.
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    logitic , February 18, 2010 9:16 PM
    Foxconn is know for hiding weapons of mass destruction!
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    amabhy , February 18, 2010 9:19 PM
    Man, I knew those dirty Apple d-bags would somehow be involved.

    I blame them for everything!

    Screw Apple!!!!!!!!!!!
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    killerclick , February 18, 2010 9:33 PM
    Apple is just one out of many companies that Foxconn manufactures for. Oh well, it's China.
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    Anonymous , February 18, 2010 10:10 PM
    fulle: not sure why you think America is sooooooooo much better, in America, atleast the following businesses have special status:

    Goldman Sachs
    Blackwater
    Every major oil company
    Every lobbying firm in Washington
    The Federal Reserve(in case you didn't know, it IS a private company)
    .....

    If you don't believe me, show up to a Blackwater facility and start taking pictures

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    curnel_D , February 18, 2010 10:17 PM
    white_water_gatefulle: not sure why you think America is sooooooooo much better, in America, atleast the following businesses have special status:Goldman SachsBlackwaterEvery major oil companyEvery lobbying firm in WashingtonThe Federal Reserve(in case you didn't know, it IS a private company).....If you don't believe me, show up to a Blackwater facility and start taking pictures

    Yes, but in America, a battered reporter would file charges, sue them to death, and create a media frenzy.
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    jenesuispasbavard , February 18, 2010 10:23 PM
    Wow, I'm amazed at the ignorance of some people here. Do you realise that Hong Kong is nothing like China? It is obviously Foxconn's fault, not tha fact that the city happens to be a Chinese territory...
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    kravmaga , February 18, 2010 10:31 PM
    In other news, Reuters reporter bitten when taunting sharks with hand drenched in blood.

    Seriously... What the hell did he expect?!
    Did he want to try to trick the guards into stopping him by acting as suspicious as possible?
    Snapping pictures unannounced outside a factory with a taxi on standby is exactly what the guards were trained to watch out for to stop. Trying to run away in the cab instead of explaining himself is even more red flag.
    He might as well have worn a spy trench coat, mumbled his own theme song and ran away upon being called out while yelling "muahahah! You'll never catch me, suckers!"
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    kingnoobe , February 18, 2010 11:05 PM
    Um public road kravmaga.. I mean seriously come on... I could understand the guards maybe going up to the guy, and asking to see some credentials and what have you. But there was no need for the violence. Quit trying to make the victim into the criminal.

    And if this would've happened in the U.S.. A few things would/could've happened. He would sue *most likely*, press charges *not so likely everybody knows there would be no point*, caused a media hayday *goes with sueing most likely*, or we would've never had heard about it because he would've disappeared.
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    ChrisRed , February 19, 2010 12:05 AM
    well thats not the kind of thing thatd happen in america anyway. only in china lol.
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    Hupiscratch , February 19, 2010 12:20 AM
    pei-chenThe world will be a far better place if half of the world's reporter suddenly died.


    That´s the kind of thinking you'd expect from a China's Communist Party member. China would be a far better place if this party just vanished.
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    simplyderp , February 19, 2010 1:27 AM
    Curnel_DYes, but in America, a battered reporter would file charges, sue them to death, and create a media frenzy.


    True. America is all about media frenzy - 24/7/52/365.25 of the time. And business here have much more crushing control over the government, individuals, economy, and every single little aspect of your life than China. Yes, we're so noble.
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    mman74 , February 19, 2010 3:05 AM
    festerovicoh nm, I see it was in Hong Kong. As if there are laws there.

    Let's get this absolutely straight. There are NO Foxconn production facilities in Hong Kong. The numpties who can't tell the difference between Hong Kong, which is often continually ranked as one of the most free market, lowest corruption economies in the world ahead of the US, and mainland China, should go back to school and get an education.
    There are barbed wire fences and a border crossing between Hong Kong and mainland China. Mexicans and Californians, they're all Americans right? DUH!!!
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    Detson , February 19, 2010 3:14 AM
    Rofl. I don't think Apple or any other company has a legally protected "special status" in the US. What a scary phrase! Companies in the US are powerful because they can afford good lawyers, but they don't disappear people.
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    cruiseoveride , February 19, 2010 3:23 AM
    Next time go with your camera and a sub machine gun. Claim self-defence.
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    mman74 , February 19, 2010 3:28 AM
    DetsonRofl. I don't think Apple or any other company has a legally protected "special status" in the US. What a scary phrase! Companies in the US are powerful because they can afford good lawyers, but they don't disappear people.

    It wouldn't surprise me if Boeing or some other US defense contractor enjoyed similar status. But with military contracts you could at least understand.
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