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Egypt: Online Porn, Here to Stay?

Categories: Free Expression, Internet governance, Regulation, Egypt

The ongoing battle over the future Egyptian constitution [1] and the more-than-a-month long strike of Egyptian medical workers [2] are among the most pressing issues in the country at the moment… or are they? The Public Prosecutor apparently decided the people needed more drama and announced that Egypt would start blocking porn sites [3].

As we reported, following the Public Prosecutor's statement, the CEO of the National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority [4] (NTRA) announced the decision has been enforced. He also took the careful precaution to remind everyone of the inherent technical difficulties such a move will entail.

Egyptians were holding their breath [5] when on November 8, 2012, the NTRA published a precautionary statement on its Facebook page [6] [Ar]. The Authority insisted on the following:

According to the Egyptian legislation, the NTRA has a mandate over ISPs and their policies. It is thus very likely, given this political and judicial imbroglio, that ultimately online porn in Egypt is here to stay!