Lausanne, Switzerland — Reporters Without Borders on Wednesday praised the media organization for denouncing Beijing-based chef Pao Bo, who allegedly abused his job prospects by being linked to the pig vaccination scandal in China.
Although The Washington Post declined to use Bo’s photo, The Wall Street Journal chose to and used it.
Albania’s KTN TV, as well as several in Switzerland, have appeared to take up the story too.
The WTA on Wednesday followed the example of PETA, Free TV Aretsky and Free TV Andisu in opining against the work and lifting the ban.
WTA and its players and their federations should have spoken up about the rights of pork farmers. It was astonishing that an entire country’s pork industry was damaged by a Chinese poultry producer, the only supplier to all three WTA countries. The corporate and personal self-interest of the players means that they can only speak out when it is potentially harmful to themselves, their families and businesses. If there is a loophole that the players could exploit, the WTA is unfortunately refusing to exploit it. Today, the issue of human rights is important, but it is also important to balance these principles with business. We can both find human rights abuses, and intervene when a company is mistreating its workers or consumers. WTA cannot let the free trade of pork compete with the protection of human rights in China. WTA’s own position on this issue goes beyond the headlines. It is one of the reasons that the organization is now rated the U.S. champion for human rights by Reporters Without Borders.
The ban was lifted by the WTA on May 3.