Germany tells Apple to stop censoring

German publishers have told Apple’s Steve Jobs to stop behaving like a Nazi censor.

A group of German magazine publishers have been trying to get Jobs to negotiate on the handling of applications for iPad and iPhone.

The Association of German Magazine Publishers (VDZ) and the international umbrella organization FIPP have written to Jobs to discuss the regulation of the content in the AppStore.

The letter said that the world is multicultural and content that is in a country totally acceptable in another seem to be inappropriate.

To set uniform rules for the whole world is a restriction of press freedom and freedom of choice for readers.

Publishers have always criticized Apple’s rigid rules for the acceptance of applications and talking about censorship. It also is miffed about how much of a slice that Apple takes from advertising.

They are also worried that while mobile devices are good for paid content, provider of technology platforms, having Steve Jobs telling them what they can publish is interfering with the role of media houses.

There is a risk that the publishers could be reduced to mere content suppliers while Steve Jobs decides what news goes out.

It is expected that by early 2011 some 45 percent of all magazine titles from Germany to offer paid apps while only 26 percent will be offered free.