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Foxconn’s Woo Says Truth Prevails After Retraction

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(Corrects story published March 17 to clarify that NPR doesn’t produce program involved.)

March 17 (Bloomberg) -- Foxconn Technology Group, Apple Inc.’s largest supplier and the target of allegations of poor work conditions, welcomed a retraction of a U.S. radio program episode it said was based on lies.

“I am happy that the truth prevails, I am glad that Mike Daisey’s lies were exposed. But I don’t think that the reports about this have gone far enough to find out what exactly is the truth,” Louis Woo, spokesman for Taipei-based Foxconn said by phone.

The weekly radio program “This American Life” retracted a report on conditions of Chinese workers who construct Apple Inc. products, saying the broadcast contained “errors” and “fabrications.” The episode, first aired Jan. 6, centered on a monologue by Daisey.

“This American Life” airs on National Public Radio stations and is produced by Chicago Public Media and distributed by Public Radio International.

“People will have the impression that Foxconn is a bad company, so I hope they will come and find out for themselves,” Woo said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tim Culpan in Taipei at tculpan1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Tighe at ptighe@bloomberg.net

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