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Thread: Syrian Government Bans iPhone
12-05-2011, 08:42 AM #1
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
Last edited by Phillip Swanson; 12-05-2011 at 08:45 AM.
12-05-2011, 08:53 AM #2
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.
12-05-2011, 08:56 AM #3
How many Syrians can afford the iPhone anyway? and any phone with a camera can be used. FAKE.
12-05-2011, 09:12 AM #4
Who cares about them!!!!!!!!
12-05-2011, 09:26 AM #5
12-05-2011, 09:26 AM #6
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.)
12-05-2011, 10:12 AM #7
12-05-2011, 10:28 AM #8
12-05-2011, 10:31 AM #9
Removed for being inappropriate. This is your sixth and final warning -
12-05-2011, 10:40 AM #10
^^^ i agree, but its sadly still believable
12-05-2011, 11:49 AM #11
12-05-2011, 12:28 PM #12
The only camera available there is on an iPhone?
12-05-2011, 01:01 PM #13
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.
12-05-2011, 02:11 PM #14
banned because no other phone in the world has the ability to record a movie...
12-05-2011, 05:43 PM #15
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.
12-06-2011, 09:16 AM #16
Wow, it's sad to read some of the posts that pop up on political articles.
12-06-2011, 12:15 PM #17
Last edited by saeedsaf; 12-06-2011 at 12:19 PM.
12-07-2011, 06:12 PM #18
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