Syria bans the iPhone to silence protestors

Despite how it may sound, the Syrian government's official decision to ban Apple's iPhone is not intended to strike against the company and gain some Android foothold. Rather, the official decision has been made in an attempt to silence the protests and citizen journalists in the troubled country, as Haaretz reports.

According to a post on the Lebanese website Al Nashara, the Assad government within Syria are using the opportunity to tighten the leash on the activists and citizen journalists, who have been keeping the world updated with the events inside the country. Since protests in Syria began in March, many foreign media sources have been hidden from the public in an attempt to eventually break down the resistance. An activist in the country, speaking anonymously, had the following to say:

"It is enough for any tourist or guest visiting Syria to own an iPhone to be a spy suspect."

The speaker also remarked upon the irony of an Apple product being banned in the country Jobs' biological father was from. Citizen journalism within the country is one of the few ways that footage and information has slowly seeped out, showing the corruption of the government in power. Sources estimate that up to 4,000 Syrian people have been killed since protesting began in March.

With the government in Syria tightening their grip on the people who have been making their voices heard, and the economic sanctions being passed on Syria, could the banning of even a single smartphone have enough impact to further fuel the protests? Civil unrest in Syria is already a problem for the Assad government, and the attempt to suppress information distribution could lead to more activism in Syria.

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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.

ok, Found the website, and were basing this whole article off these few sentences?


Syrian authorities banned the use of a "IPHONE" because of the features prohibited and issued by the regulatory body for communications under penalty of confiscation and prosecution.

Translated with Google translate. Anyways still doesn't add up.

The web site is called "El Nashra" and not "Al Nashara". This web site is considered close to Syrian regime allies in Lebanon.
The strange is that why IPhone is banned, doesn't the Syrian regime know that there is other powerful smart phones in this world! LOL

Another new term, "citizen journalists" who comes up this stuff. Do you have to go to college to become a "citizen journalists," or do you get a degree through on the job training.

FMH said,
Why only iPhone?

In England it was the Blackberry.

Maybe Syrians have the brain not to buy BB, just like they have the brain to get rid of their govt like the UK should be doing.

zikalify said,
Maybe Syrians have the brain not to buy BB, just like they have the brain to get rid of their govt like the UK should be doing.

Okay, that seems a bit uncalled for.

FMH said,
Why only iPhone?

In England it was the Blackberry.

The syrian gov't perhaps doesnt have a brain, as they think only the iPhone has video recording/capabilities to do all the things they fear. Id even say, they might live in the apple distortion field lol

zikalify said,
Maybe Syrians have the brain not to buy BB, just like they have the brain to get rid of their govt like the UK should be doing.

Maybe they iPhones was on their mind at the time. Every modern phones right now has video capabilities. You'll be safe if you bring a non-iPhone with you.

FMH said,
Why only iPhone?

In England it was the Blackberry.

I suspect Android phone users will have similar problems to iPhone users given the striking similarities. Zing!

According to a forum post? First of all I looked everywhere for this Al Nashara, can anyone even FIND the the website that some random person made a forum post that we are supposed to regard as news? Why is it that if the news is from the middle east we need confirmation by a number of sources and huge amounts of proof, but western news media can use a forum post on a obscure website that cant be tracked down and write a whole article based on it and we buy it?

sidroc said,
According to a forum post? First of all I looked everywhere for this Al Nashara, can anyone even FIND the the website that some random person made a forum post that we are supposed to regard as news? Why is it that if the news is from the middle east we need confirmation by a number of sources and huge amounts of proof, but western news media can use a forum post on a obscure website that cant be tracked down and write a whole article based on it and we buy it?

You google fu is very bad, 1rst link when doing a google search with "syrian ban iphone"

http://www.taiwannews.com.tw/etn/news_content.php?id=1778050

And just googling that gave me more then 100 news web site with the same info, even video

Nodiaque said,

You google fu is very bad, 1rst link when doing a google search with "syrian ban iphone"

http://www.taiwannews.com.tw/etn/news_content.php?id=1778050

And just googling that gave me more then 100 news web site with the same info, even video

You missed what I was saying obviously, these articles all point back to a mysterious forum user who made a post on Al Nashara (cant even find this page) about it. A forum post is not a source.

This is one of the reasons I am such a lover of modern computing technology. It allows the freedom of thought and distribution of these thoughts. Making iPhone's illegal will not solve the government's problem, and I believe it will make it worse.

James Rose said,
This is one of the reasons I am such a lover of modern computing technology. It allows the freedom of thought and distribution of these thoughts. Making iPhone's illegal will not solve the government's problem, and I believe it will make it worse.

Technology only creates more problems. Look at the issues that's going on in the mobile industry.

Estienne Taylor said,

Technology only creates more problems. Look at the issues that's going on in the mobile industry.

<sigh> What follows is sarcasm because I really don't know how to respond any other way; Yes, because the mobile phone industry's issues are as big an issue or as important as human freedom.

Technology is not the problem, ever, its use or more specifically it's misuse can be an issue, but not the technology.

Denis W said,
Disgusting regime. Sad governments are just condemning the violence and doing little to intervene.

The question to ask is not "Why are western governments failing to intervene in Syria/Yemen" but "How much oil reserves do Syria/Yemen have compared to Libya".

JJ_ said,

The question to ask is not "Why are western governments failing to intervene in Syria/Yemen" but "How much oil reserves do Syria/Yemen have compared to Libya".


Because Syria is to close of friends with Iran, which has close ties to Russia and China.
The Arabic Legia is working on this. The western world is better to not interfere....yet. There's more at risk then just the people of Syria.

It's only a matter of time. This government isn't sustainable, they'll be out within the next few months - hopefully less, because the less deaths the better.