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Issue of Egypt's blocked websites to be 'resolved' within a week: Press syndicate head

Ahram Online , Monday 31 Jul 2017
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File Photo: A general view of the Press Syndicate in Cairo, Egypt, June 12, 2017. (Photo: Reuters)
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The issue of Egyptian news websites blocked by the government will be "resolved" in the coming week, the head of Egypt's journalists' syndicate said on Sunday.

In comments carried by state-run news agency MENA, Abdel-Mohsen Salama said the issue would be fixed within a week at the most, although he didn't say whether this meant those websites currently blocked would be unblocked.

In May, several websites in Egypt were blocked for allegedly publishing and broadcasting content showing support for terrorism and extremism, according to a security source cited by MENA at the time.

A total of 21 websites were blocked in Egypt, including Al-Jazeera, Al-Sharq TV channel website, Misr El-Arabia, El-Shaab, Arabi 21, Rasd, and Hamas Online.

The source said the government would take legal action against those sites that "spread lies".

Several other websites that were not named by the government were also blocked around the same time.

These included news website Mada Masr, which was launched in 2013 by a group of journalists formerly of Al-Masry Al-Youm’s Egypt Independent, as well as Huffington Post Arabic.

Prior to Egypt's action in May, authorities in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) blocked the main website of Qatar's Al-Jazeera TV, which the countries accuse of sponsoring terrorism.

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