Syria Bans the iPhone in Effort to Block Protesters From Exposing Violence

In a move aimed at preventing Syrian protesters from capturing photos and videos of the violence in the country to in turn share with the rest of the world, Syria has officially banned the iPhone, as reported by The Next Web:

Syrian authorities have banned the use of iPhones in the country, restricting the use of the device by activists to document government violence, Lebanese website Al Nashara reports.

Activists within the country are now being served with notices from the Customs Department of the Syrian Finance Ministry, stating that iPhones are now banned. The notice reads: “The authorities warn anyone against using the iphone in Syria.”

Over 4,000 civilians have died since the beginning of 2011 in Syria, all of them killed by their own government.