Thursday, May 25, 2017

Fwd: 21 Websites blocked in Egypt and it is not good at all
On 05/24/17 18:04, Alltop RSS wrote:
21 Websites blocked in Egypt and it is not good at all
Once again I was planning to write something about certain that happened in Egypt then another thing more outrageous happened and made me change my mind.

A familiar scene now 
From a couple of hours ago, Egypt's State news agency "MENA" announced that 21 websites were blocked in Egypt.

Quoting an unnamed source in a very short news on its wire service, MENA added that those were blocked because their content supported terrorism and radicalism as well deliberately spread lies.

The source added that among those blocked websites:, Al-Sharq TV channel, Misr Al-Arabia, Al-Shaab newspaper, Arabi 21, RSSD and Hamas Online.

He also said that the legal procedures were being followed regarding those websites.
The decision was taken in Egypt in less than 24 hours of blocking Al-Jazeera and Qatari news websites in Emirates, Saudi Arabia following their fake news media war in the midnight on Tuesday.

Now we discovered the rest of the Websites are Ikhwan Online, Egypt's WindowAl-Mesryoon, Huffington Post Arabic, Qatari Al-Watan, Qatari Al-Arab , Qatari Al-Sharq, Qatari El-Raya, Cairo Portal, Klmty , Hasam militant group official websiteHorriya PostAswat Masriya and Mada Masr. (Yes , MADA MASR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Yes, Mada Masr; one of the finest Egyptian online independent English and Arabic news websites in Egypt and the Arab world is banned in its own country !!!!!!

Many people including myself are extremely angry for banning Mada Masr and I am actually worried too because its journalists may pay a price as well for their great work.

Aside from the five Qatari media outlets above them Al-Jazeera and aside from Aswat Masriya and Mada Masr, most of the above websites got affiliations with the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamists in Egypt in a way or another.

Ironically this list includes Aswat Masriya, the once Reuters-affiliated Egyptian News website which closed down from two weeks ago. Currently, the archives of the website are still online !!!!
Another irony, Mada Masr, Misr Al-Arabia and Al-Mesryoon got a license officially to operate in Egypt.
Also, Al-Mesryoon got a daily printed newspaper !!

On the other hand, we got Hasam militant group which claimed responsibility for a number of attacks targeting security forces, mostly policemen since September 2016.
This is the only case I understand why the government would want to block a website.

Nevertheless, I do not know or understand on what legal basis the government decided to take this move. Is it the emergency law ??

This is a very bad sign especially if you connect it with the ongoing crackdown against political activists and members of opposition parties in the past three weeks.

We are back to use VPN and proxies once again !!!
This is not good at all.
All support to my dear friends in Mada Masr.

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