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Mar 28 2012

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Egypt Bans Porn Websites – Another Country Chooses to Protect Their Children and Their Citizens – May God Bless Your People!!

 

Many Egyptians are living without electricity or jobs, and soon, those who still do have access to power may also have to do without online porn, which has been declared illegal within the country.

While some have criticized the government for pursuing a pornography ban when larger issues loom over the embattled nation, conservatives in the government have kept a steady fire burning to eradicate what they consider a moral scourge. The lawmaker leading the charge, Dr. Younis Makhioun, targeted porn sites as the gateway drug to all kinds of societal problems, including divorce and rape (though, as The Next Web pointed out, he didn’t provide any evidence backing up his claims.)

Backed up by the Ministry of telecommunications and information technology, Makhioun pushed for the ruling, which came from an Egyptian court.

Egypt officially banned porn first in 2009, which the lawyer that led that movement called “a “victory over vice and corruption” — but it was never enforced. Looks like three years later, the courts are hoping this ban sticks better.

Egypt — part of the early 2011 Arab Spring uprising/revolution an — has recently been beset by fuel shortages, soccer stadium melees and fatal riots, and further prosecution of pro-democracy activists.

The Internet played a huge part in that uprising, both in getting the word out to the rest of the world, and to connecting dissidents within the country. Now, as then, it might prove challenging for Egyptian officials to control content people want to see.

Details of what is considered pornography have not emerged.

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