August 14, 2010
Looking for a Dalai Lama app in China? You're not going to find it. The Chinese government's obsessive aversion to the Dalai Lama, whom it considers a "splittist" and a “devil with a human face," has now hit iTunes stores: According to Wringer World, Apple has barred access to Dalai Lama apps in China:
At least five iPhone apps related to the Dalai Lama are unavailable in the China store. Some of those apps — named Dalai Quotes, Dalai Lama Quotes and Dalai Lama Prayerwheel — display inspirational quotes from the Tibetan spiritual leader. Another, Paging Dalai Lama, tells users where he is currently teaching. A fifth app, Nobel Laureates, contains information about Nobel Prize winners including the Dalai Lama.
And the Dalai Lama has company: An app related to Rebiya Kadeer, the exiled Uighur leader and activist, has likewise been banned. The app, called "10 Conditions," is based on a documentary about her life.
Apple joins Yahoo and Google in its compliance with China's censorship laws.
UPDATE: The article, from last December, is actually reprinted by Wringer from PC World. You can read it here.