Egypt ratifies law tightening control over internet
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has signed a new law that tightens controls over the internet.
The legislation on “cybercrime” means websites can be blocked in Egypt if deemed to constitute a threat to national security or the economy, the BBC reported. Anyone found guilty of running, or just visiting, such sites could face prison or a fine.
Authorities said that the new measures are needed to tackle instability and terrorism.
The Cairo-based Association of Freedom of Thought and Expression said more than 500 websites had already been blocked in Egypt prior to the new law being signed.