China Watch Blog normally will not report on this kind of controversial topics, but in this instance, your truly feels strongly over this report which the National Public Radio of the United States recently declared that a January broadcast featuring Mike Daisey’s monologue on working conditions in Apple factories in China contains fabrications.
In the monologue, Mike Daisey revealed with “his personal experience” that Shenzhen Foxconn Technology Group of China, which assembles Apple phones and tablet PCs, employed child labors, the People’s Daily reported.
The broadcast on Jan. 6 contained a large part of Mike Daisey’s performance in his program “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs.” The two-hour monologue started performing in U.S. theaters in as early as 2010, and more than 50,000 audiences have watched it. Currently, it is still performed in public theaters of New York.
Yours truly strongly suggests that Beijing should step in and fight with the authorities to stop the monologue from being screening, until the monologue clearly carried sub-titles in show explaining that this is merely a fiction, and that in real life, Foxconn does not employ child labor from the minute the show screens tha fabricated parts till the end of the show, so that the audience who see it know that it is not true.
According to People’s Daily, after the reporter of the program “Market” of the National Public Radio, who is in charge of reporting Chinese news, was contacted and interviewed Daisey’s translator in China, People’s Daily found that the translator’s statement was quite different from Daisey’s words. The part of “seeing employees poisoned by ethane” is fabricated, and he also got the ages of the employees “by guessing.”
Regarding this scandal, Daisey defended himself in his blog that he felt regret for his mistake, the wrong point was that his performance in the program was regarded as news, but actually it was not news but a performance of theater.
Daisey’s words denying his mistake are widely questioned and criticized by U.S. media. An article on the New York Times said that, Daisey, who claims that he is not a reporter, did not claim that in his program that he was one, and what he called “things he personally saw” are actually things fabricated. At the end, the article says that Daisey was actually aimed at showing that Chinese factories are violating human rights, and therefore he did not care about facts.
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