August 7, 2013 Freedom of the Press and Blogging and China Airlines and Business Insider
I got the greatest e-mail of all time today. But I’ll get to that in a moment. A while ago, Business Insider published an article detailing the “Most Dangerous Airlines.” This piece was in my opinion a hack job twisting facts to meet conclusions with only a limited basis in reality.
I wrote about it here back on January 23rd of this year.
If you go to Business Insider, the original article has been taken down and replaced with the following undated quote.
China Airlines reached out to us with the following statement:
“The article ‘The World’s 10 Most Dangerous Airlines’ posted by Business Insider on its website on January 23, 2013, selectively quoted the “World’s Safest Airlines” report published by the Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre (JACDEC) in Germany that named the 60 safest airlines out of more than 800 airlines around the world. The airlines that placed between 50th and 60th were misconstrued to be the mostdangerous airlines in the world. This inaccurate report has since been cited elsewhere, seriously misleading readers and damaging our airline’s reputation. China Airlines has therefore issued the following statement that we hope will be printed in full:
JACDEC examined the aviation safety record of more than 800 airlines over the past 30 years and in January 2013 announced the World’s 60 Safest Airlines. China Airlines was included in the list of safest airlines, in 60th place.
Some media reports used the report “The World’s 10 Most Dangerous Airlines” to present the JACDEC research. This was a complete misreading of the results of the World’s Safest Airlines survey. In particular it misrepresented the status of the airlines with the 50th to 60th best safety records; a reading completely at odds with the intent of the JACDEC report.
By placing 60th out of more than 800 airlines in the World’s Safest Airlines report, China Airlines proved that it has continued to make improvements in aviation safety. China Airlines is committed to never compromising on safety and has made significant strides in recent times, including five accident-free years and the awarding of IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certification. Our excellent aviation safety performance has also allowed us to join international alliances and reduce our insurance premiums. All of the above are clear proof of China Airlines’ commitment to aviation safety.
China Airlines safety accomplishments include:
1. Continuous improvements in aviation safety means insurance rates have returned to market norms.
2. China Airlines became the first IOSA-certified Taiwanese airline in 2005. IATA regulations require re-certification every two years and 2012 marked the fourth successive successful re-certification.
3. China Airlines embraced the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety management system in 2007 to closely monitor operational risks. We have also cooperated with the safety management policy issued by the CAA and IATA to train instructors on safety and training. These changes have all produced tangible results. China Airlines requires every unit and employee to take responsibility for safety. Through its risk management system, operational risks are actively identified and managed to ensure multiple layers of protection. At China Airlines, everyone contributes to the prevention of accidents and to the improvement of our safety record.”
Now publications rarely admit error but Business Insider is clearly backpedaling, and I know why; they were threatened with a well deserved lawsuit. I know this because Business Insider threatened to sue me today. Jessica L from Business Insider sent me the following e-mail. This ranks as the best e-mail I have ever received.
To Whom It May Concern,
Business Insider published a story about dangerous airlines that
referenced China Airlines. The story has since been removed from our
site. We’d appreciate if you would not reference the article or any
articles that reference our story, as it is no longer live on our
site. If you fail to comply with this notice, China Airlines has
indicated that it is prepared to pursue its legal remedies against you
as appropriate. Thank you in advance for addressing this matter.
Please get in touch with any questions.
CC’d on the e-mail were Thomas L. and Emily W. from the Squire Sanders law firm.
Sue me because I posted my opinion and linked to an article? That’s hilarious. I didn’t even cite to Business Insider I cited to a Yahoo! article that has been taken down entirely. Also, my post backed up China Airlines’ position that the original article in question was a hack job. Of course now Business Insider is now linked directly from this blog. In no way does my original article nor this one come even close to Slander or Libel. Clearly, neither Jessica, Thomas nor Emily knows how to internet.
Even if China Airlines or Business Insider were to sue me, I’d be protected under the Anti-SLAPP laws in place in many jurisdictions. Apparently in addition to not knowing how to internet, these high powered lawyers also do not know the law.
I really have only one recommendation. China Airlines, fire Squire Sanders and hire better representation.