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Egypt Moves To Ban Internet Porn

Egyptians surfing for porn may find a hard time getting their fix.

The recently-elected Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt moved to ban Internet porn websites on Wednesday, an action criticized by some as a limit on personal freedom.

Egypt’s Prosecutor General ordered the government’s ministries of telecommunications, interior and information to begin blocking access to the websites.

The order coincided with a mass protest by Islamist groups tied to Salafist Al-Nour party and other groups, which look to cleanse Egyptian cyberspace of all sexually-oriented material.

The groups claim their demands are based on Sharia law, reports the Daily Caller. Some have advocated violence against Western sources of the pornography.

The move comes three years after Egypt’s administrative court denounced pornographic content as “venomous and vile,” reports Russia Today.

Shahira Amin, the former deputy head of Egyptian state-owned Nile TV, said the government’s move was meant to curry favor with radical Islamic elements in the country. Ahmed Hafez, a 26-year-old Egyptian blogger and activist, said it was “nearly impossible” to implement such a ban.

Ayman El-Sayad, a liberal journalist and advisor to President Mohamed Morsi, said the government should be more concerned with drafting a new constitution.

Internet traffic rater Alexa.com shows two porn websites are in the top 25 in Egypt.

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