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Egypt's prosecutor-general orders ban on porn websites
Prosecutor-General Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud instructs telecommunications, information and interior ministries to implement three-year old court order banning online pornography
Ahram Online, Wednesday 7 Nov 2012
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Egyptian Prosecutor-General Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud submitted an official letter to the ministries of telecommunications, information and the interior on Wednesday ordering that measures be adopted to ban pornographic websites in Egypt based on a 2009 court order to this effect.

In May 2009, Egypt's High Administrative Court declared a ban on pornographic websites. The move was based on a lawsuit filed by Islamist lawyer Nezar Ghourab.

On Wednesday, a group of Salafist Muslims belonging to a grassroots campaign dubbed 'Pure Net' staged a demonstration in front of Cairo's High Court to demand enforcement of the ban.

Backed by several prominent Salafist preachers, the 'Pure Net' campaign calls for the prohibition of adult websites in Egypt on grounds that such sites "violate Egyptian customs and values."  

Younis Makhyoun, a former Salafist MP, had broached the issue in Egypt's parliament before the assembly was dissolved this summer by order of the military.

The controversial issue, however, was met by uproar on the part of liberal critics, who voiced concern about the possible impact such legislation might have on "freedom of expression."

Salafist leaders, for their part, have repeatedly criticised Mahmoud for failing to implement the 2009 court order.

The prosecutor-general himself was recently the source of controversy when the Muslim Brotherhood called for his dismissal following the acquittal of several Mubarak-era officials charged with responsibility for the death of protesters during last year's revolution.

Last month, President Mohamed Morsi, who hails from the Brotherhood's ranks, unsuccessfully attempted to remove Mahmoud – who was appointed by Mubarak in 2006 – from his post.





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M V L
08-11-2012 12:16pm
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Ulterior motive
It seems to me that the Prosecutor-General is looking for political support to protect his own position by requesting to enforce a measure that is bound to have support from the Islamist conservatives (to be polite) that are prominent in this country. Freedom of expression and speech of course unheard of ...
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Nora
08-11-2012 07:23am
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When absent of morals is confused with freedom.
The decay in moral values of some, coupled with pushing their agenda on the rest is contiguous in this post. Reading some of the comments in this post, would make you feel that people of prophet Lot have come back from the dead. Every society has its own set of values. In both Christianity and Islam's doctrine, porn is form of indecency. We need to fight for make our society better i.e. better education, roads, water treatment, health services, work productivity...........
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Maram
07-11-2012 08:40pm
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How long does it take to apply a court sentence
Since there was a court sentence for banning these sites three years ago, why was it not applied before????
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Maram
07-11-2012 08:39pm
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How long dee
Since there was a court sentence for banning these sites three years ago why was not applied before????
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Carole T.
07-11-2012 08:35pm
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Big Brother
Are Egyptians so childish that they can't make the decision as to what is right for them to view? Just block it, turn it off, don't buy it or watch it!
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Gema
07-11-2012 08:09pm
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what will happen
as idea to protect children-it is ok. Otherwise there will be more horny men in the streets harrassing women or more raped women. What is worse?
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Ansari
08-11-2012 07:47pm
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To Medo
Gema, you got that upside down. Men get more horny after they watch porn, and prowl for rape. You should get your head examined.

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