August 21, 2018

Egypt's President ratifies new Internet control law

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

On August 19, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi signed a new law tightening the government's control of the internet.

The legislation that was cleared on ­cyber crime permits authorities to order the blocking of websites that constitutes a threat to Egypt's national security or economy.

Anyone found guilty of running, or just visiting, such sites could face prison or a fine.

It is like giving “the state near-total control over print, online and broadcast media,” stated Amnesty International while describing the new law.

The legislation was originally approved by the Egyptian parliament in May 2018.

Reportedly, another law is yet to be passed by the President wherein twitter feeds with more than 5,000 followers are succumbed to a greater amount of government scrutiny.

As per that law, the council would be authorized to suspend or block any personal account which "publishes or broadcasts fake news or anything (information) inciting violating the law, violence or hatred."

The Egyptian authorities thought it was high time that new measures were needed to tackle instability and terrorism.

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