Wednesday, 17 January 2018

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Egypt Censors Media Websites

Egypt has blocked the website of the international media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), as the country continues censorship measures in place since May.

The Paris based group which claimed to have had its website blocked since Monday expressed dismay by the ban and called on authorities to “provide an explanation and to restore access to all blocked sites without delay.”

The head of RSF’s Middle East desk, Alexandra El Khazen the “digital blackout’’ in Egypt was not just a grave attack on freedom of information, but also indicative of a fear of the regime that an informed public could pose a threat to its stability.

According to the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression, an Egyptian non-governmental organization which has been tracking affected sites, at least 135 websites have been reportedly blocked since May 24.

However, the government has not officially declared that it is behind the ban as a press officer at the National Telecom Regulatory Authority told RSF that the authority was not responsible for the blocking.

Egypt declared a state of emergency in April, following a twin attack on churches that killed almost 50 people.

The emergency law grants the President special powers that include censor and confiscating of publications, monitoring and intercepting all communication, closing any facility and restricting any citizen’s freedom of movement.

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