Egypt established a national council for combating terrorism today, giving it broad authority to set policies aimed at “fighting extremism”, a presidential decree stated.
Images of the body of an Egyptian man found two days after he was arrested marked by what appears to be evidence of torture emerged on social media on Tuesday.
Access to leftist website Belahmar was barred on Egyptian internet service providers on Monday, 60 days since the first blockages, bringing the total number of inaccessible websites to 127 according to data compiled by the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE).
Egypt’s Ministry of Manpower had ordered closure of renowned market research firm Ipsos in Cairo over alleged violations of health and safety.
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.
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.
The United Arab Emirates and Egypt have agreed to cooperate further in the fights against terror financing as well as against political and media cover over extremism.
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.