Apple removed a news app American edition New York Times from the Chinese App Store at the request of PRC authorities. It became known on Thursday, January 5.
The Chinese authorities started to block the web site of the New York Times back in 2012 after a series of articles on the state of the family of then-Prime Minister Wen Jiabao.
Apple obeyed the requirement of the authorities and removed from the App Store news app the New York Times English and Chinese language.
“At the moment the app The New York Times is prohibited to display the content for most users in China. We were informed that the app violates local law,” — said the representative of Apple, noting that in this regard it removed from the App Store as long as the situation does not change. It does not specify which laws were violated.
The official apps of other publications such as The Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal available in the online catalogue Apple. As the representative of The New York Times Eileen Murphy, the newspaper has sent the following request for reconsideration of this decision. According to her, the Chinese authorities are intended to protect the inhabitants of the country from the “access to independent news coverage”.
The New York Times website blocked in China for four years. Also, due to censorship for the Chinese readers inaccessible to numerous foreign media, including the website of Deutsche Welle, Reuters and the Wall Street Journal.
China also blocks social networks Facebook and Twitter, Google and sites that criticize the Chinese government or write on the topic of protection of human rights.
The New York Times is an American daily newspaper, published in new York city since September 18, 1851. Second largest circulation newspaper in the U.S., after The Wall Street Journal and 39th in the world.