Egypt Cracks Down on Online Dissent

HeadlineMar 20, 2019

In Egypt, the top media regulator is imposing new restrictions on certain websites and social media pages that are designated as “threats to national security.” The rule would apply to social media accounts that have over 5,000 followers, and allow the government to block access to the sites for posting so-called fake news, and fine them up to $15,000 without a court order. Journalists and press freedom advocates have condemned the move, which they say is just the latest effort by the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to silence critics. Reporters Without Borders has called Egypt “one of the world’s biggest prisons for journalists.”

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