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Published On: Sun, Aug 6th, 2017

Egypt censors journalists’, human rights organizations’, VPN and other websites

nsnbc : Egypt continues its policy of censoring and blocking access to websites including websites of human rights organizations, journalists, and VPN services.

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Tatiana – Popova/Shutterstock

Egyptian authorities blocked access to a number of websites including the blog of Ahmed Gamal Ziada, who is a researcher, writer and photojournalist for Masr Alarabiya. One of the latest websites to be banned is that of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) in Egypt.

Earlier this year, in May, Egyptian authorities banned the website of the Revolutionary Socialist along with the online publishing platform Medium. Also banned / blocked were the VPN services Cyberghost, Hot Shield Elite, HSSLite, TigerVPN, Tunnelbear, and ZenVPN.

Also in May, the Egyptian authorities blocked 65 other websites reported the Association of Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE). Amnesty International’s North Africa Campaigns director Najia Bounaim responded to the developments in May saying that clampdown on Egypt’s digital media is a further evidence of Egypt’s age-old police state tactics in motion. She added that even in the darkest days of Mubarak, which she described as repressive, the authorities didn’t cut off access to all independent news websites.

The latest clampdown on the website of ANHRI, of Ahmed Gamal Zida, and others continues the disturbing trend which according to advocates violates Article 57 of Egypt’s Constitution that stipulates the freedom of media and the public’s right to know and access information.

CH/L – nsnbc 06.08.2017

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