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  • Syrian Government Bans iPhone

    Image of the notice banning the iPhone Syrian officials are handing out to activists.

    The Syrian government has banned the iPhone in an attempt to prevent protesters from filming the increasingly violent clashes between the government and activists.

    The Syrian conflict, inspired by the Arab Spring, has been going on for eight months and shows no signs of slowing down. November proved to be the deadliest month in an already horrific timeline with nearly 1,000 people killed. The United Nations estimates the conflict has claimed more than 4,000 lives since its inception. However, these numbers could be far greater, as Syria has prevented nearly all foreign media and other entities from entering or staying in the country.

    Because of the Syrian government's efforts to prevent the outside world from covering the protests and the government's subsequent atrocities, those protesting have relied on cell phones and other handheld devices to capture images and movies of the uprising. The Syrian Finance Ministry’s Customs Department is serving activists with notices reading “The authorities warn anyone against using the iPhone in Syria.” It isn’t known if other smartphones will be impacted by the government's efforts to prevent citizen journalism, but it seems very likely. The crackdown is a blatant effort by the Syrian government to prevent the uprising from gaining further traction within the country and abroad.

    However, the activists’ efforts have already resulted in political pressure and economic sanctions from Syria’s allies, neighbors, the U.N. and pretty much everyone not themselves. Hopefully the Syrian people can withstand the brutal assault from their own government and persevere.

    Source: The Next Web
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Syrian Government Bans iPhone started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 17 Comments
    1. saeedsaf's Avatar
      saeedsaf -
      The whole thing appeared to be a fake because the only source was a paper that spread on Facebook which can be reproduced to ban any other item, it's just an attempt from the opposition to worsen the image of the regime even more.
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      How many Syrians can afford the iPhone anyway? and any phone with a camera can be used. FAKE.
    1. jrrtps's Avatar
      jrrtps -
      Who cares about them!!!!!!!!
    1. saeedsaf's Avatar
      saeedsaf -
      Quote Originally Posted by jOnGarrett View Post
      How many Syrians can afford the iPhone anyway? and any phone with a camera can be used. FAKE.
      Trust me, the iPhone is pretty popular in Syria, Syria is not a poor country as you would think.
    1. Donnutt's Avatar
      Donnutt -
      I'm always amazed that in very poor countries, people still have iPhones. Like last year in India, when millions of iPhone 4s sold out 4 hours after release.
      (before anyone says "the iPhone 4s wasn't released last year" notice the small "s" meaning plural.)
    1. vramkumar's Avatar
      vramkumar -
      Quote Originally Posted by Donnutt View Post
      I'm always amazed that in very poor countries, people still have iPhones. Like last year in India, when millions of iPhone 4s sold out 4 hours after release.
      (before anyone says "the iPhone 4s wasn't released last year" notice the small "s" meaning plural.)
      Am sorry I have to disagree with your assessment of tagging India a "very poor country". Agreed there is not as much bullion as US, but India is no mean country and India is the potential market for a lot of new technology.
    1. mlopato's Avatar
      mlopato -
      Quote Originally Posted by vramkumar View Post
      Am sorry I have to disagree with your assessment of tagging India a "very poor country". Agreed there is not as much bullion as US, but India is no mean country and India is the potential market for a lot of new technology.
      I've been to India and it is one of the poorest countries I ever visited, and random oasis of wealth dont make up for the rest of the country .
    1. Kil0111's Avatar
      Kil0111 -
      lol
    1. donkeykongking's Avatar
      donkeykongking -
      ^^^ i agree, but its sadly still believable
    1. saleen_GT's Avatar
      saleen_GT -
      Quote Originally Posted by mlopato View Post
      I've been to India and it is one of the poorest countries I ever visited, and random oasis of wealth dont make up for the rest of the country .
      Bro it's all depend which part of india u had visited.
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      The only camera available there is on an iPhone?
    1. artbatista's Avatar
      artbatista -
      Quote Originally Posted by saeedsaf View Post
      The whole thing appeared to be a fake because the only source was a paper that spread on Facebook which can be reproduced to ban any other item, it's just an attempt from the opposition to worsen the image of the regime even more.
      Do you have proof that "this is just an attemp....", or perhaps you should say instead that this "COULD BE JUST AN ATTEMP..."

      In your wording you act as if you knew the facts without a doubt, in my wording, I correctly state that it is just a possibility.

      Quit acting as if you are absolutely right, when you probably don't know more than anyone else.

      Cheers

      Art
    1. Madman604x's Avatar
      Madman604x -
      banned because no other phone in the world has the ability to record a movie...
    1. powello18's Avatar
      powello18 -
      If this is true, is it even legally binding to apple? Is Syria's government still recognized as such
      I suppose apple won't be able to open any grand new retail outlets in Syria.. Watch out if you have any apple stock.
    1. mastuul's Avatar
      mastuul -
      Wow, it's sad to read some of the posts that pop up on political articles.
    1. saeedsaf's Avatar
      saeedsaf -
      Quote Originally Posted by vramkumar View Post
      Am sorry I have to disagree with your assessment of tagging India a "very poor country". Agreed there is not as much bullion as US, but India is no mean country and India is the potential market for a lot of new technology.
      Syria's not a poor country by any means, the average Syrian spends around $200 each time he goes to a restaurant.

      Quote Originally Posted by artbatista View Post
      Do you have proof that "this is just an attemp....", or perhaps you should say instead that this "COULD BE JUST AN ATTEMP..."

      In your wording you act as if you knew the facts without a doubt, in my wording, I correctly state that it is just a possibility.

      Quit acting as if you are absolutely right, when you probably don't know more than anyone else.

      Cheers

      Art
      I'm Syrian, and yes I know the document is fake, moreover, usually when the government bans any product the public gets to know from an official announcement from the govt. and not through a leaked document on facebook that can be easily photoshopped.
    1. robben10's Avatar
      robben10 -
      dude im syrian (now in canada) and i used to live in damascus and everyone uses iphone its not that poor if u go to damascus the people who work for the governemnt are stinking rich