Syria Bans iPhones to Silence Citizen Journalism

By Sam Gibbs on at

Desperately clutching at straws, trying to kill off the civil unrest that's currently unfolding, the Syrian government has banned iPhones from the country. The ban is an attempt to prevent coverage of violent crack-downs on anti-Assad, pro-democracy protests by government-controlled forces.

With the majority of foreign media barred from the country, citizen journalism presents the only route for getting the word out about the heavy-handed actions of the currently-standing government. One activist talking to Haaretz said that:

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

Time to switch to Android then, although I doubt the pro-government forces are likely to make that distinction. You have been warned. [Haaretz via Engadget]