Syria Has Banned iPhones to Curb Citizen Journalism
Syria is currently effectively under censorship laws, and in a bid to protect the government from losing face they have just banned iPhones.
The reason is a little baffling, as they are trying to limit civilian journalism as most of the negative and anti-government reporting has taken place on smartphones using video, twitter, facebook and personal blogs. That’s right, smartphones, so why only ban a single device?
Apparently the device will no longer allowed to be imported into the country an officials now “warn anyone against using the iPhone in Syria”, reports the BBC.
Will this stop civilian blogs and journalism? Doubtful, these people are already risking their lives to publish the information, the medium is simply semantics.
Perhaps Syrian government are simply avid Fandroids and are still pissed over the whole Samsung situation.