iPhone Banned in Syria To Prevent Protest Coverage

By on Dec 4, 2011 in Middle East Comments

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On Friday, December 2, 2011, various international news sites reported that iPhone ban was issued by the Customs Department of the Syrian Finance Ministry. The ban states in part as follows; “The authorities warn anyone against using the iPhone in Syria.”

Apparently, a presidential decree has been issued to prevent protesters from using the iPhone device to document or post footage of violent protests on the internet.

The iPhone ban is seen by the protesters as a desperate attempt of Syrian government to prevent the information about the protest being documented and uploaded in the internet.

According to U.N.’s top human rights official, there were more than 4,000 civilians killed since protests started last March.

It was also on Friday that Navi Pillay, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, called for United Nations intervention to protect Syrian civilians.

Almost all foreign media has been banned from Syria, Steve Jobs’ ancestral home, since the protests began in March.

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