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Egypt bans online porn, causing split in society

Egypt bans online porn, causing split in society




Egypt has officially banned sexually explicit websites, three years after the country’s administrative court denounced pornographic content as “venomous and vile.”
The country’s Prosecutor General has ordered government ministries to block porn from the web, after ultraconservative Salafis launched a campaign called "Pure Net" to prohibit pornography online, according to an anonymous government official, AP reports.
The move by Prosecutor General Abdel Maguid Mahmoud has caused a split in Egyptian society. Conservatives welcomed the order as the first step towards an Islamic Egypt, while liberals denounced the move as a government crackdown on freedom of expression.
Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Mahmoud Ghozlan described the decision as “a first step towards establishing a society based on ethics,” in a statement to Al-Ahram's Arabic-language news site.
The Salafist Nour Party also welcomed the decision, adding that the ban would not impact personal and public freedoms. “Egyptian society is conservative by nature and rejects these websites,” Mohamed Nour, the party’s spokesman, asserted.
One politician called the move “a first step towards applying Islamic Law in Egypt,” MP Ali Wanis was quoted by news website ahramonline as saying.
Others in Egypt, especially from liberal circles, were quick to criticize the ban.
“Those who are preoccupied with banning websites (which they will not be able to block for technical reasons) should be more concerned about the drafting of Egypt's new constitution,” Ayman El-Sayad, a liberal journalist and advisor to President Mohamed Morsi, tweeted.
The high costs associated with the blocking of thousands of websites have prevented the three-year-old ban ruling from being fully implemented.
In 2009, under the Hosni Mubarak government, a Cairo court ruled that “freedom of expression and public rights should be restricted by maintaining the fundamentals of religion, morality and patriotism,” condemning graphic websites and ruling to ban them.
A scheme of how the ban would be implemented has not yet been provided to the public.


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Why are you surprised or upset? Even a retard could tell that this would come, after all, an Islamist group runs the country (aka Muslim Brotherhood). Of course, it's always a good idea for a totalitarian regime to start off by targeting taboo subjects, even if doing so restricts the people's freedoms. Next, you will probably see either a ban on criticizing the government or Islam or you will see a law targeting (indirectly most likely) the Coptic community in Egypt. Within 5 years, persecution of non-Muslims on a national scale (with government approval of course).


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RE: Egypt bans online porn, causing split in society

Well should we worry so mutch ?
Even in our countries the goverments have
doubts of some pages with e.g. porns or radicals.
So why should Egypt be other ?
Because they are so revolutionaire ?
Definitly not.


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MarcusAquila Wrote:
Why are you surprised or upset? Even a retard could tell that this would come, after all, an Islamist group runs the country (aka Muslim Brotherhood). Of course, it's always a good idea for a totalitarian regime to start off by targeting taboo subjects, even if doing so restricts the people's freedoms. Next, you will probably see either a ban on criticizing the government or Islam or you will see a law targeting (indirectly most likely) the Coptic community in Egypt. Within 5 years, persecution of non-Muslims on a national scale (with government approval of course).

It was a piece of news, and I posted it. The salafis are the same groups that bomb US embassies, yet the US supported them in Libya, and they are supporting them in Syria as well. Western backed secular military dictatorships are no longer on the menu, fundamentalism is. Nevertheless, these groups are not popular with the entire population, and it's certain that the egyptian youth won't stand for it, and will find ways to go around this. The people are tired of authoritarianism, and I'm sure that religious persecutions won't serve their immediate corrupt interests. Greece is also not a secular state, yet it doesn't persecute other religious institutions/communities. The broad problem in the Middle East is about property/physical/living standard. While this problem gets left behind, all other things are just trivialities that perpetuate poverty, unrest, and radicalism. In any case, those elections were rigged.




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