"After Mr. Fiore received the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning — and after he mentioned his app’s rejection in an article published on niemanlab.org on Thursday — he was encouraged by Apple to resubmit it. Mr. Fiore did so on Friday morning and is awaiting a response."
" Could a news organization run into problems with Apple if they were publishing unpopular stories about a political topic? Imagine if The New York Times wanted to publish the Pentagon Papers on its iPhone and iPad apps. Would Apple stand in the way of controversial reporting if the political winds were blowing against it?"
"The iPad is the most exciting opportunity for the media in many years. But if the press is ceding gatekeeper status, even if it’s only nominally, over its speech, then it is making a dangerous mistake. Unless Apple explicitly gives the press complete control over its ability to publish what it sees fit, the news media needs to yank its apps in protest."
"This escapade raises an interesting question, one that media critic and tech writer Dan Gillmor has been asking for a while: Now that many news organizations use iPhone applications to publish their work, can Apple evict those programs if it doesn't like their content? What about, say, The Post's own iPhone app, which presents the often-scornful work of such colleagues as Dana Milbank and Tom Toles?"
"In December, Apple rejected [cartoonist Mark Fiore] iPhone app, NewsToons, because, as Apple put it, his satire “ridicules public figures,” a violation of the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement, which bars any apps whose content in 'Apple’s reasonable judgement may be found objectionable, for example, materials that may be considered obscene, pornographic, or defamatory.'"
"Stern—a very large weekly news magazine—published a gallery of erotic photos as part of its editorial content. It wasn't gratuitous: It was just part of the material published in the magazine itself, integrated in their usual sections. The entire app was taken down, according to the Spiegel, and publisher Gruner + Jahr had to eliminate that content in order for the application to go up to the store again. They learnt their lesson, since they haven't published any other material that may offend Apple's "moral police"—as the German press calls it."
"German tabloid Bild wanted to allow readers to undress their daily page one girl on their iPhones. But the app has run afoul of Apple's decency standards, leading the paper to accuse the US computer giant of censorship."
"China's muzzled press and burgeoning Internet have given citizen reporters an audience and an opportunity -- however fleeting -- to spread news quicker than government censors can control it."
Describing it as "censorship" is possibly not the best way to explain your new "civility required" comment moderation policy...
Becky Hogge: The real threat to internet users is censorship, not social networking
"A report released today provides a highly detailed account of how the government there keeps a tight lid on online information, including quoting from orders officials sent to various Chinese Web sites to remove objectionable news stories."
"The internet in China is not as restricted as sometimes believed in the West, with most controls actually coming from sites practicing self-censorship, an academic who studies the Chinese web has said."
Despite the innocence of the photographers, the ‘Diana effect’ which dampens criticism, scrutiny and a free exchange of ideas in the name of protecting privacy and sensibilities was starting to dominate our culture back then and continues to haunt it
Richard Norton Taylor: "The Guardian, Time, BBC, and Index on Censorship, will appeal against these orders next week."