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Egyptian government bypasses ISPs to block access to websites: Telecommunications Ministry source

The block in access to 101 websites in Egypt carried out since May 24 has been undertaken as a centralized decision by the Egyptian government rather than by the country’s internet service providers (ISP), according to a high ranking source in the Communication and Information Technology Ministry.

Crackdown in Egypt: Seven Men Tortured in State Custody Face Execution; 90 News Websites Blocked

In Egypt, seven men are facing imminent execution based on confessions that human rights activists say were extracted under torture. Six of the men are recent college graduates who were arrested in 2014 along with more than a dozen others.

Egypt: Intensifying Repression of Basic Freedoms

Egyptian authorities in recent weeks have arrested at least 50 peaceful political activists, blocked at least 62 websites, and opened a criminal prosecution against a former presidential candidate, Human Rights Watch said today. The actions are further closing any remaining space for free expression.

Laying the foundations for a totalitarian state

Over the next few months, the Egyptian regime is going to face a number of domestic challenges it has preempted and started to prepare for by initiating repressive legal and political campaigns.

Egypt on the edge: how Europe can avoid another crisis in Egypt

Europe’s current policy towards Egypt is dominated by immediate migration concerns and commercial opportunities. But this short-sighted approach offers few benefits and overlooks the dangers of Egypt’s current direction.

Parliament approves ‘Red Sea islands’ agreement

Parliament approved Egyptian-Saudi maritime demarcation on Wednesday in a general session, which means transferring the sovereignty of the Tiran and Sanafir islands to Saudi Arabia.