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Local reactions vary to Egypt's online pornography ban

Islamist forces welcome, civil forces condemn prosecutor-general's decision to implement court ruling banning pornographic websites in Egypt

Zeinab El Gundy , Wednesday 7 Nov 2012
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Reactions varied among Egypt's independent and partisan politicians to Prosecutor-General Abdel Maguid Mahmoud's Wednesday decision to implement an earlier administrative court ruling banning pornographic websites in Egypt.

Islamist politicians praised the move.

In statements to Al-Ahram's Arabic-language news website, Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Mahmoud Ghozlan described the decision as "a first step towards establishing a society based on ethics."

"The prosecutor-general's decision will serve to preserve Egypt's social norms and values," Ghozlan added, stressing that the ban would not apply to news websites critical of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Mohamed Nour, spokesperson for the Salafist Nour Party, voiced similar sentiments.

"The administrative court ruling to ban pornographic websites represents a step towards preserving traditional Egyptian values and ethics," he told Al-Ahram, going on to express hope that the ruling would be applied by the relevant government ministries.

Nour believes there is no need to fear the decision's potential impact on personal and public freedoms. "Egyptian society is conservative by nature and rejects these websites," he asserted.

Former Nour Party member and Islamist MP Ali Wanis (who was expelled from the party this summer following allegations of sexual misconduct), for his part, described the decision as "a first step towards applying Islamic Law in Egypt."

More secular-minded politicians and activists, meanwhile, slammed the decision.

"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, stated on Twitter.

Islam Lotfy, a former Muslim Brotherhood member and founder of the moderate-Islamist Egyptian Current Party, likewise criticised the move.

"Instead of focussing on pornographic websites, the prosecutor-general should focus his efforts on combating corruption," Lotfy stated on Twitter, in a reference to the many unresolved corruption cases lodged with the office of the public-prosecutor, who himself has been accused of corruption by several prominent political figures. 

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abu ubaid
10-11-2012 06:19pm
good job!
When you look at the American society, you will really see how the women are oppressed in the name of freedom. Many of the women in the USA are like toilets, everyone does their business in them. They are humiliated by dancing on stages in the nude as a means to make money, and all in the name of FREEDOM. Egypt don't fall for the tricks of Satan and his helpers like: AMERICA. Many of the women have an abundance of bastard children, and these women are trying to get child support from their "BABY DADDIES". This pseudo-freedom they continue to promote is the freedom to disobey the Creator! God created us and legislated laws so that we can worship Him and live in societies in which we do not voilate the rights of others, but in America the rights of the people are always violated because the high crime rate. So good job Egypt!
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09-11-2012 06:32am
Common sense
Interesting , AO readers by far support pron. Some consider it as act of freedom of expression. My understanding that most Egyptians would not like their daughters, mothers, wives, sons etc. Act in a porn movie. Would that mean that those who support porn in this post have no issues seeing their family engage in such act. My point is freedom can lead to slippery slope. Today you watch others, tomorrow someone is watching yours. One definition for common sense is combination of logic and fairness. btw, for all Muslims haters out there, your hero went back to jail, where he belongs (on fraud, what else). Sorry to dump your party.
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08-11-2012 02:06am
Positive move, needs wise implementation
"Fight corruption instead of banning porn websites". Well, are those two mutually exclusive? Does it somehow violate cosmic laws if we try to do both? Readily available pornography degrades women and corrupts young men. I also believe pornography is partly responsible for the Egyptian sexual harassment epidemic. Unlike Western countries where porn is a norm, we do not believe in casual premarital sex. This leads to overstimulated young men who have no outlet, and resort to sexual harassment. Porn should be made harder to reach - though of course some people will be able to get around any bans. That said, as a society we have huge issues, and marriage is extremely difficult for young people. We need to work on this.
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08-11-2012 12:01am
Get rid of Evil Pornography from Islamic State of Egypt
Very well done President Morsi, to take this giant moral step. May God bless you for your farsighted benefits of removing this evil of porn, which West keeps very dear, even it is destroying families in the West.
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