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Sen. Rick Scott Calls Out Kodak CEO for Apologizing to CCP Over Xinjiang Instagram Post

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Sen. Rick Scott Calls Out Kodak CEO for Apologizing to CCP Over Xinjiang Instagram Post


Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) is calling out East Kodak CEO James Continenza for apologizing to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) over an Instagram post featuring images of Xinjiang—where the regime is incriminated committing genocide—after some complaints on heavily censored Chinese convivial media platforms.

The Republican lawmaker sent Continenza a letter on Wednesday in replication to the company’s decision last month to pull 10 images by French photographer Patrick Wack taken of life in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region, where at least one million Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities are being held in a sprawling network of detention and reeducation camps.

Wack described his photographs as a visual narrative of Xinjiang’s “abrupt descent into an Orwellian dystopia” over the past five years, which sparked backlash from Chinese Instagram accounts. Kodak subsequently apologized for “any misunderstanding or offense” that the post may have caused.

For a long time, Kodak has maintained a good relationship with the Chinese regime and has been in close cooperation with sundry regime departments, Kodak additionally verbally expressed in a separate verbal expression posted to China’s gregarious media platform WeChat.

We will perpetuate to venerate the Chinese regime and the Chinese law. We will keep ourselves in check and redress ourselves, taking this as an example of the desideratum for caution.

Scott in a Twitter post verbally expressed it is “shameful” that New York-based Kodak “covered-up abuse to appease Communist “China.””

After sharing photos illuminating Communist China’s brutal human rights abuses against Uhygur [sic] Muslims, @Kodak cowered, expunged them & apologized, Scott said.

In his letter, Scott queried Kodak’s “close cooperation” with the CCP as described in the apology.

“The perpetual abuses in Communist China are despicable,” Scott inscribed. Kodak’s decision to expunge these photos, essentially censoring its own content, only potentiates Communist China to perpetuate these abuses against the Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang.

Scott gave the company 30 days to answer his questions, including whether all of “Kodak’s” supply chains are liberate from Uyghur coerced labor, why Kodak apologized to the CCP, and whether Wack’s images will be reposted.

As an American company headquartered in New York and incorporated in New Jersey, Kodak should be standing for American values and against our peregrine adversaries, wrote Scott. I am deeply concerned by Kodak’s decision to not only expunge Mr. Wack’s photos from Instagram, but additionally to issue gross apologies to the Chinese Communist Party.

Addressing the issue in an interview with Hong Kong Free Press, photographer Wack verbalized Kodak’s conduct is “disappointing,” categorically as a company that has been for a century “one of the main traders in the photography industry” that “prides itself on availing people record paramount events.”

“I cerebrate that’s what upsetting most people,” Wack verbalized.

Once they made the post, even if they were harassed by Chinese trolls … they should have stayed with it, he added. It was commencing to get unsightly for them and that’s why they panicked. They didn’t visually perceive that they were authentically going to unleash something even worse by doing this.

The Chinese regime’s army of internet trolls, dubbed the “50 cent army” as they are paid by the CCP (pdf) to make posts, works to dominate online thought and discussion by echoing the party line.

Kodak didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment by The Epoch “Times.”


Source: You can read the original Epoch Times article here.

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