Samsung’s sick workers – where’s the outrage?

Thanks to Masca Teatru

Thanks to Masca Teatru

You have to wonder what is wrong with people. Look at this headline:

Samsung Workers Sickened by Chemicals in Factories Speak Up

It reports an Associated Press investigation that found South Korean authorities allowed Samsung to withhold critical information about chemical exposure from sick workers and former workers. The investigation apparently identifies hundreds of cases in which such exposure has caused cancer, death and disease.

The inference here is to suggest that there is a link between your affordable Samsung product and sickness among the employees making those products.

But where’s the outrage?

I know exactly how much outrage we’d see if the story were about Apple. We’d already find headlines all across the planet. Not when it comes to Samsung. There are hardly any reports.

When Apple faced criticism it was justified by claiming it was in the public interest as the company was dominant in the smartphone industry. It remains a leading force, but it is Samsung which now dominates the smartphone market, so why is it being given an easy ride? Surely it is equally in the public interest to report its infractions?

Maybe it’s just about wanting a slice of the Samsung ads budget. OK. I understand. But don’t tell me that’s journalism. It’s the kind of thinking that represents a far older (and more honourable) trade.

Jonny Evans

Watching Apple since 1999. I don't say what they should do. I say what they might do. They sometimes do.

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