Whoever runs this ongoing online censorship latest crackdown does not want to stop !!
Now the number of blocked websites in Egypt jumped from 65 in the past 48 hours to 77 according to the Human rights law firm “Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression on Friday.
The new blocked websites in Egypt are :
- Al-Manassa News and Citizen Journalism website
- Noon Post
- Nooun feminist webzine
- 6 April Youth Movement official website.
- Muslim Brotherhood affiliated-Mekameleen TV channel’s official website
- Muslim Brotherhood’s disbanded political army Freedom and Justice’s news portal.
- Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News website
- Muslim Brotherhood affiliated Marsad Press
- Open Whisper System official website
I feel that sad that Al-Manassa news and citizen journalism platform has been blocked.
I think that website founded by veteran blogger and journalist Nora Younis joined the blocked websites list for its distinguished for its parliament’s coverage.
The website had an excellent parliamentary correspondent who used to reveal the tiniest thing happening the in the House of Representatives.
It was among that the few websites that followed minute by minute on Wednesday how the Tiran and Sanafir islands deal passed.
Turkey-based Noon Post is similar to Sasa Post. The Islamic leaning website used to have very interesting news reports and investigative reports from time to time.
Now, I think Nooun Feminist webzine is paying the price of having a similar name to Noon Post because other than that I cannot find a reason on why this blog webzine dedicate to women’s affairs and issues would be blocked now !!!!
Newly launched Madaad has joined the list. It is not a big surprise to me or others. Since day one , there was an expectation that the Nasserite news website affiliated with former presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabhi and his Popular Current Movement would be blocked because of its Tiran and Sanafir coverage.
Earlier this month , the new website made an interview with the commander of paratroops division in the Egyptian arm in 1967 , former Major General Abdel Moneim Khalil who spoke about the Tiran Island Egyptian POWs for the first time.
The website also made an excellent historical investigative report “which I envy” about the Egyptian POWs captured on that island and two of them were killed proved the current regime wrong. The current regime claims that we did not the price of blood on those two islands. I know this cliché but pardon me because I get emotional here.
I did not visit Cairo-based Ida2at.com or even know its true affiliation which I assume Islamist but I found out that the website published a news report about the documents proving the Egypianhood of that two islands of Tiran and Sanafir.
Once again we are back with Signal Messaging app and the Egyptian government.
Now , its official website “Open Whisper Systems” was reportedly blocked Friday night. Interestingly , the Signal service is still working. You do not need its official website to download it ironically. You can download it easily from App store whether on iOS or on Android !!
Interestingly earlier Friday , all the websites that have been blocked since May were unblocked for few hours.
It seemed that whoever runs that show decided to test some new setting or chose some option and unblocked the websites accidently in that expensive blocking software.
Again and again , there is a huge fear that the next move will be the social media networks especially Facebook as many of those blocked websites began to use it to publish its reports and article like Mada Masr.
Personally, I believe now the regime won’t block the social media especially Facebook because it is a major instrument to spread its propaganda and fake news.
By the way , the weekly issued of El-Sabah newspaper which is owned by businessman Ahmed Bahget was not printed on Friday because the Front Page of the newspaper had one word “Egyptian” in reference to the two islands with photo of legendary actor Mahmoud El-Milgy in his iconic role “Abu Swelam” in 1970-film “The land”