Axis CEO Touted Tiananmen Square Cameras Sale In 2010, Says Likely Make Different Decision Today

By Charles Rollet, Published Oct 11, 2021, 08:29am EDT

In 2010, while growing rapidly in the PRC, Axis CEO touted over 70 Axis cameras deployed in Tiananmen Square, touting that the same government which massacred its own students in 1989 chose Axis for its "very good picture quality".

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Axis CEO Ray Mauritsson told Swedish media, at that time, that "we do not sit down to judge any country" when asked about the human rights risks of selling to PRC authorities. Simultaneously, Axis' then-communications manager mused that "Tibetan monks can set up cameras themselves so they can see when the [PRC] military arrives".

However, in response to IPVM questions now, Axis emphasized the "human rights perspective is becoming increasingly more important for us", it is "likely that we would make different decisions today than we did back in 2010," though they declined to definitively say whether they would permit a Tiananmen Square sale today.

Swedish ********* ********* "****' ******** **** ***** *** **********"

** ****, ******* ******************************* ************* "****' ******** **** China *** **********" ***** the ***** ****** ******** surrounding ****' *** *********:

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Tiananmen ******* ****** *** "**** **** ******* *******"

** *** *******, **** CEO *** ********** ******* about ******* **** ** Axis ******* ** *** authorities ************ ****** ******* *** 1989 ************** **** *** ****** for *** "**** **** picture *******":

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***** *** ******** ** the ********* ******** ** 1989, ** *** **** a ******** *** *** Chinese ********* ***** ** stop ***** ******* ** new ******** ** ********* Square. ** **** ****,they *** **** **** ****, ***** **** ** **** ************ ******* ** ** **** ** *** ******. "They ***** ** ******* **** ****** **** **** ******* *******. We were the first to come out with HD TV quality," says Axis CEO Ray Mauritsson. The cameras were delivered for the People's Republic's 60th anniversary celebration in 2009, when a large military parade with, among other things, nuclear missiles [paraded by] Mao's portrait. [emphasis added]

** **** *, ****, PRC **************** ********** ********** *** ******* freedoms ** *** ****** Beijing's ********* ******. *** PRC ********************* ****** ***** *** US ***** *******************"******** **** *** ********".

Axis: "** ** *** *** **** ** ***** *** *******"

**** ********** ** ******* International **** *** "******** risk" ** **** ******* being **** *** *** "human ****** **********", ********** said "** ** *** sit **** *** ***** any *******" *** ******** selling ******* ** ******* knives:

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**** ******** **** **** only ****** *** **** that *****. "We ** *** *** **** ** ***** *** *******. ** **** ** *********** ** *********** *** *** ********* *** *** *******," says Ray Mauritsson. He believes that all products can be abused. "If *** ****** * *****, ** *** ** ******* ** ******. We do not take responsibility for how the customer uses our equipment. We just want to provide more efficient technology than what China uses today," says Ray Mauritsson.

** ********* *** ***** that **** **** *** care ***** *** *****, Axis' ****-************** **************** *************** **** "******* ***** can *** ** ******* themselves ** **** *** see **** *** ******** arrives":

"Tibetan ***** *** *** ** ******* ********** ** **** *** *** **** *** ******** *******," ******** **** ************** ******* ********* *****. [emphasis added]

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Axis: *** ***** "****** **** *** ******** *********"

** *** *******, ********** said **** "***** ** the ****** **** *** greatest ********* *** **** in *** ******". ** 2010, ****' *** ****** was ******* *********% *** **** *** at *** **** ************** "****" ****** ***********, although **** ***** ** the ***-***** *** ** a *** ********** *********** barriers ** ******* ********.

**** **** ***** *** Rise *** **** ** Axis *** ***** ** an ********, ********, *******.

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**** ***** **** ******* it ***** ** ***** remarks *** ** ****.***** **********, ****' ******* ************** manager, ********* **** *** below ********* **** *** quotes "***'* ****** ********* the ***** ************ **** the ********", *** **** "the ******* ** ** years ***" ***** ****** various "****** ******* **********":

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*** ****** ** *** article *** *****don’t ****** ********* *** ***** ************ **** *** ********. At any rate, the ******* ** ** ***** *** and a lot has happened in the world since then, for instance in the areas of export legislation and corporate responsibility. While it’s very difficult for us to have full knowledge of how all end users use our products, we have taken several steps forward during the last decade within corporate responsibility, relating to how our technology is used. This includes export ******* **********, ********* ********* ** *********, ********* ** ********* *** ****** ******** **** *********. But we acknowledge there is more that can be done, and we are closely monitoring initiatives such as the upcoming EU legislation on human rights due diligence and how that can be implemented throughout our value chain.

*** *** **** **** information ***** *** **** on ***** ****** ** our**** ** *******, *** *** ******************** *********** *** ******** *** improvement *****.

**** ********-** ****** ******* Axis *****, *****, **** cameras *** *** ** Tiananmen ******. ********** ******* that ** *** "******** use" **** ******* "*** ethical **********, ** ***** decline *************" *** *********, again, ** ********* *******:

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*** ********* ********* *******, that * ******** ** in ** ******** *****, is ***** ** ******** and ************* (********* **, US *** *****) ***** of ********* *** ************. Since ** ****** **** these *****, ***** *** destinations ** ***’* ****** to, *** ***** *** also ******** *** **** categories ** ******* ************ we ***’* **** **. In ******** ** ****, we **** *** *** assessments ***** ** *** ethical **********. ** ***** assessments, ** ***** ** the ******** *** ** or **********. *** ********, our ******** **** *** be **** ** ******* human ******, *** ***** have **** ***** **** we **** ****** **** participating ** ******** ******* of ****. **, ** the ******** *** ***** to,if *** ********** *** **** *** ******** *** ***** ** ******* *** ******* **********, ** ***** ******* *************. [emphasis added]

**** **** ***** ** this ***** **** *** Tiananmen ******* *** ****** with ****' ****** **********, Hallerborn ********* *****, ******* generally **** "**’* ****** that ** ***** **** different ********* ***** **** we *** **** ** 2010":

***** *** ********* ********* and ******* ******, *** the ***** ****** *********** is ******** ************ **** important *** ** ** well ** *** ***** companies,it’s ****** **** ** ***** **** ********* ********* ***** **** ** *** **** ** ****.

**** ******** ** ******* on *** **** *** ultimate **** ** *** Axis ********* ****** ************ system.

Journalist ****** ** *********, **** ***** ****** ******** "***********"

*** ********** *** ***** the **** *******,*** ****, * ****-******** ******* China *******, ******, *** author, ******** **** **************** that ** *** *** represent *** ***** ************, telling **** **** **** when ** ***** ******-** questions, **** "********* ** say ****** **** **** a ***** ****** *********** came ****** ** ***********":

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* ***** ** ********** and ********* **** [****' then-comms *******] ******* **** about *** *********** ************ from *** ******* *********** usage ** ***** *********, and **** ******** *** same **** ** *********. I ****** **** **** said, *** * ***** follow-up *********where **** ********* ** *** ****** **** **** * ***** ****** *********** **** ****** ** *********** [emphasis added]

Axis: *** ****** ***** ***'* "*************" ******* ***** ******

**** *** * ******* of ******** ** *** police *****, ******* *** company's ***** *** ********. In ********* ****, ******* International******** * ***************** **** *** *** sales ** *** ****** via ***** ***********. ******* did *** ******* ********* but ******* ***** *****(**** ********* ******,**** ****** ******,******** ******, *** ******).

** *** **** **** defended ******* ******** ** PRC ****** *** **** IPVM **** "**** *** automatically **** *** ********* of ***** ******":

****, **** ******* ******** to *** ******, ***** represents * **** ***** part ** *** *****,does *** ************* **** *** ********* ** ***** ******. What matters is how and for what specific purpose they intend to use our solutions. If we make the assessment that the user scenario will be in accordance with our intentions, we can proceed with the project. Otherwise, we can decline. [emphasis added]

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*** ******* ****** ********* French ********** ******** ****** for *********** * ******* ban ** *** ****** sales ***** ****.

**** ******** ***** **** implementing * *** **** Idemia's, **** **** ********** that ** ******** **** sanctions *** "** *** no ** ******** ***** our ********** ***** ** used ** ******* ***** rights":

** ** **** ****** in *** ******** *********, we ****** **** ******** and ************* ******** *****, and ** *** ** to ******** ***** *** technology ***** ** **** to ******* ***** ******. And **** ** ***** to *****, ** ***** on *******, ************* *********.

Comments (6)

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…** **** *** ******** design *** *********, *********, or *******. ** **** design ***** **** ** would **** *** ***** ones ** ***. ** must ******** *** ****** and ****** ** *** hearts….

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****'* * **** *****. He ****** *** ****** in **** ***** ***** be *** ********* *** arguing ** *** *** apply **** ** ****, though **** ***** ****** the ******** ** *** Axis **** *** **** a ******* ****** ** 2021.

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** ****** *** ****** in **** ***** ***** be *** ********* *** arguing ** *** *** apply **** ** ****…

**** ** *** ******* upon * ****** ************ interpretation ** ********* :)

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**** ********: *****

*****, **** * **** we *** *** ******* what ** ** ** a ************. **** ***** to * *****, *** disty ***** ** ** SI, ** *** ** they *******. ****** **********, really???, **** ***** ********* have ***** ******* **** must ** ***** ** ship ******* *** ** but *** *** ********* are ** ****** ** the **. ******** **** depends ** ************, ******* caught. ****, **** **** doesn't **** ** *** US. ** *** *** of *** ***, **** equipment *** ** **** to ***** ********.

** ******* ** ***** comment, ** ***** ** private ************* *********. **** of ***** ********* ** not ***, *** ***** controlled ** *** ********* Party. *** ****** ***** control, *** ***** **** the ****** ** **** Kong! ** * **** C- ***** ****** ** a *** ***** *********, you *****, ********* ****** to ***** ****, *** take ******* ** *** to *****, **** *** to ***, *** ** get ******** ** * corner *** ** *** do, *** ** ****** the ********* *** ********. Just **** * *** of ***********, * ******* son, ** **** ****** do *****.

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*** *****, ********* ****** to ***** ****

* ***** **** ** likely *** **** ***** here. ** *** ***** out, ****' ******* *****'* really **** **** ******** control ** ********* ** final ************ *****. ** they **** * **** statement ***** **** *** something ***** ******* **** stand ** **** **** fallout **** **** ****** non-committal *******.

***** **** *** ****** over ****, * ***** that ** ****** ***** today ** ** *** in ****' **** ******** to **** * **** statement ***** **** ************. In ** ***** ******** they ***** **** * hard ****-***** *********, *** there ** ***** ******** risk ** ***** **.

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**** ** **** *** Poo **** ** - Axis ** * **** righteous ************ **** *** no ***** ****** ******** position **** ***** ** purpose.

...****** **** *** ****** for *** "**** **** picture *******":

***** **** *** ** much ****** - * cant **** ***** **** the *** ***** **** purchase **** ******* ******* used **** *** ***** own *********** ******** **** see *** ****** **** over ***** *** ****.

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