Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/04/16/apple_asks_fiore_to_resubmit/

Apple backs down from Pulitzer putsch

Political toonist can 'resubmit'

By Rik Myslewski

Posted in Phones, 16th April 2010 19:04 GMT

Updated Apple has invited Pultizer Prize–winning editorial cartoonist Mark Fiore to resubmit his NewsToons iPhone app that was rejected last December because it "ridicules public figures."

"I feel kind of guilty," Fiore told The Wall Street Journal, "I'm getting preferential treatment because I got the Pulitzer."

Well, Mark, that too. But perhaps the real reason an Apple rep gave you that conciliatory phone call was because Cupertino received an avalanche of bad press after Harvard University's Nieman Journalism Lab broke the news on Thursday that Apple had deemed your artistically expressed opinions in violation of its licensing-agreement ban on "offensive or defamatory content."

As The Reg also noted, this time Apple had gone too far:

And that's just a sampling.

We can only hope that Apple has learned a lesson about freedom of expression - but, to be frank, no breath is being held here at Vulture Central. ®

Update

As of April 20, Mark Fiore's NewsToons became available on the iTunes App Store - after Steve Jobs admitted that excluding it was a "mistake."