Egypt seeks Internet porn ban

Posted: March 28, 2012

Egypt’s People’s Assembly Transportation and Telecommunications Committee has called for the country’s parliament to enforce a total ban on Internet porn. “The issue is becoming persistent and worrying to families,” said Mohamed Salem, the minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology.

Egypt’s National Telecommunications Regulation Authority will reportedly create a new committee charged with drafting and implementing the anti-porn law.

The ultra-conservative al-Nour Salafist religious minister revealed that some software companies are ready with filtering software that is currently in use to block sites for underage viewers and that the ministry would have a representative on the constituent assembly who will draft the new constitutional measure to ensure that it caters to the needs of the sector.

Legislation to punish Internet companies that allow access to porn sites is also being called for by the ban’s proponents.

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