August 14, 2010

No Dalai Lama iPhone apps in China iTunes store

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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.

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James Shaheen's picture

F - Thanks, it is actually simply copied from PC World in December. Let's hope HHDL's efforts on Twitter more than make up for it!

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F's picture

about please note what PC World Wrote 8 months ago
The same (old) story.

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James Shaheen's picture

I'm not particularly surprised, but I would be surprised if content were as rigorously controlled in the Netherlands.

I don't think the comparison holds. I would also go further and suggest
that the apps would be quite popular in China, and that it would make good business sense to make them available there if the government ever permitted it.

Bas's picture

I'm surprised why that should surprise people.

From China's perspective it is a normal move.

I'm pretty sure there are loads of shops and companies here in the Netherlands that would not sell certain apps with people we disapprove of collectively in their shops.

I'm pretty sure that sentiment won't go down well with a lot of people, but it's true nevertheless.

I don't approve of it and I would like them to be available, but there you go, companies will not sell them if it is going to interfere with their sales in such a large country.

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