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.
An additional seven websites have been blocked in Egypt, raising the total number of blocked sites to at least 101 as of Tuesday.
Egypt has removed mention of the events of 25 January 2011 revolution and the military coup of 30 June 2013 from the history curriculums for the secondary school stage, Ahram Online reported today, quoting an official source.
Access to Al-Manassa, Noonpost, Ida’at and 6 April on Egyptian service providers was barred on Friday, bringing the total number of websites blocked since May 24, which includes Mada Masr, to 73.
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.
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.
Five additional websites offering VPN services, including TunnelBear, CyberGhost, Hotspot Shield, TigerVPN and ZenVPN were blocked on Tuesday, along with news websites Yanair Gate and Avaaz, raising the total number of websites blocked in Egypt to 62.
In a statement on Tuesday, Head of the newly-formed Media Personnel Syndicate Hamdy al-Konayesi said that the syndicate supports the ban of news websites that allegedly threaten Egypt’s national security.
The current Egyptian government has gone further than former dictator Hosni Mubarak in curtailing press freedom, Amnesty said on Tuesday.
Egypt has banned at least 62 websites since it began a crackdown on online media more than two weeks ago, a local rights group has said.