Apple Submits To Censorship, Blocks New York Times App In China

Giving in to requests from China’s government, Apple has blocked the New York Times app in China.

Fred Sainz, a spokesman for Apple, had this to say about the decision:

“We have been informed that the app is in violation of local regulations. As a result, the app must be taken down off the China App Store. When this situation changes, the App Store will once again offer the New York Times app for download in China.”

Whether or not you are a fan of the New York Times, it is disturbing to see Apple give in to the Chinese government. It amounts to colluding in the efforts of the Chinese state to suppress the free flow of information – which ultimately victimizes Chinese citizens.

Eileen Murphy, a spokeswoman for the New York Times, says the newspaper has asked Apple to reverse the decision:

“The request by the Chinese authorities to remove our apps is part of their wider attempt to prevent readers in China from accessing independent news coverage by The New York Times of that country, coverage which is no different from the journalism we do about every other country in the world,” said Murphy.

While they are designed in California, Apple iPhones are manufactured in China by Foxconn, who treated workers so horribly they had to put up nets to stop employees from committing suicide by jumping off their buildings.

Spencer Fernando

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