Over the past several months, Egypt has been blocking websites from their internet. A majority of these websites are news sources. According to The Register, they even blocked middle eastern news powerhouse, Al Jazeera. In addition to Al Jazeera, Egypt has blocked Daily News Egypt, Al-Mesryoon, and Huffington Post. The Guardian reported that Egypt has been blocking these sites because they were supposedly "spreading lies and supporting terrorism." Egyptian government says that Al Jazeera, which is owned by the Qatari government is "an enemy of the Egyptian state" since the overthrow of former Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in 2013." Egypt has decided to crack down on the news outlets that go against their government so Egyptians don't get any ideas to overthrow their government. This is a huge deal, because their media and press is very influential in the region, according to BBC.
The number of websites Egypt has blocked has grown larger from the start of this in the end of May through before the summer even ended. As of June 29, Quartz Media stated that 114 websites had been blocked, when Amnesty International had just informed the public on the 13th that they had blocked 63 sites! The number skyrocketed in just over two weeks.
On August 8, 2017, CPJ reported that that weeks edition of Al-Mesryoon newspaper was banned. Editor in chief, Gamal Sultan said the reason the authorities banned the newspaper was, "They told us they were taking a position against the newspaper and its editorial policy."
One of the banned sites, Huffington Post, reported that the Egyptian public are upset by this event. There was an advertisement on "government-aligned" TV channels that promoted the hashtag "#WeNeedToTalk". The article highlighted a quotation from the advertisement: "If there are streets you can’t cross and clothes you can’t wear, we need to talk." This is in regards to the fact that recent polls determined Cairo to be the "worst city to be a woman." 99.3% of women in Cairo have been sexually harassed in some way and there is nothing wrong with that in the eyes of the authorities. In fact, famous demagogue, Nabih al-Wahsh said on national TV, "raping women who walk in revealing clothes and ripped jeans was a national duty." He received no backlash from that statement, meanwhile, the authorities have banned over 100 news sites for "spreading lies and promoting terrorism".
As an integral, influential media powerhouse, Egypt needs to get back on track. They should at least compromise with these news outlets so reputable news can still get out to the public. And maybe if the conservative government of Egypt allows more left-winged news outlets, the sexual harassment issue will diminish (at least slightly).