Home > News > Web / Tech News > Egypt Pushing New Ban on Porn Websites • Bookmark   • Newsletters   • Register Search Options

NEWS STORY

Egypt Pushing New Ban on Porn Websites

Egypt Pushing New Ban on Porn Websites
Get XBIZ News
Nov 8, 2012 7:30 AM PST    Text size: 

CAIRO — Pressured by ultraconservative Muslims known as Salafis, Egypt’s Prosecutor General has ordered the government to ban porn websites.

Although the country’s administrative courts issued a ban last March under former President Hosni Mubarak's rule, calling porn “venomous and vile,” thousands of porn sites continued to thrive because of the high technical costs to shut them down. According to Ahram Online, the cost of an all-out ban would be close to $16.5 million.

At that time Younis Makhioun, a prime minister of Egypt’s ultra-conservative al-Nour Salafist religious People’s Assembly Transportation and Telecommunications Committee, called for an all out ban on porn.

He said that porn sites have destroyed morality, corrupted the youth and spread obscenity, family troubles, rape and divorce and that a ban would stop Egypt’s youth from becoming “busy with lust.”

Digital rights researcher Ramy Raoof told the Associated Press that under Mubarek Islamist lawyers tried to block porn sites. "The government is not supposed to monitor or be watchdogs over people. It should provide services, regardless of how citizens use that service," he said.

But now, the “Pure Net” campaign launched by the Salfis is being pushed by chief prosecutor Abdel Maguid Mahmoud who said porn on the Internet is "inconsistent with the values and traditions of the Egyptian people and the higher interests of the state."

Mahmoud is reportedly under pressure from the new Egyptian government after botching the prosecution of top Mubarak-era officials charged with orchestrating violence during the uprising that deposed the leader.

The latest crackdown has once again raised the issue of free speech in the volatile country since last year’s revolution that’s seen Islamist groups dominating local elections and pushing their agendas on morality.

And some Egyptians fear this could be the first step in censoring other online sites.

Mona Eltahawy, an Egyptian-American activist tweeted, "I'm not arguing w anyone about porn but know this: "ban" porn sites today, ban your sites tomorrow. #Egypt".

Raoof said nothing has changed regarding Internet freedom since the revolution and doesn’t believe it has anything to do with Islamists. “It is a continuous effort that has been happening from before. The former regime saw itself as a monitor over society on how it should act, think, write, and speak," he said. "The philosophy has not changed."

More ways to get XBIZ News:  RSS Feeds  |  E-Newsletters  |  Desktop Widget  |  Mobile
Looking for porn star news and behind-the-scene videos? Check out XFANZ.com !

BUSINESS ANALYSIS

Cinematic Visionaries Push the Envelope of Adult Filmmaking

Atop the battlements stands a vanguard of brilliantly brash luminaries, a cadre of adult industry renegades who helped thwart the very death knell sounded by rampant piracy. When an internet-fueled tide... More »

Veteran Producers Stay True to Vision, Adapt to Today’s Trends

After surviving the unforgiving reign of web-based market dynamics, which scythed through the chaff and left only leanly muscled players in its wake, content has risen from the ashes. It has clawed its... More »

Porn Overcomes Oversaturation With Revived Focus on Content

The advent of internet-driven content was both bane and boon to the porn industry, giving rise to a profit pendulum that rose sharply skyward, before swinging back brutally to cut revenues. Tube sites... More »
XBIZ NEWSLETTERS
Stay informed of the latest industry developments. Get XBIZ newsletters delivered to your inbox. Subscribe today!
Enter email address:

* To manage existing subscriptions click here.






POPULAR PRODUCTS & SERVICES
Submit your press release to
multiple news outlets with 1 click.
Subscribe to RSS news feeds or
add free content to your website.
Access XBIZ news and articles
with your mobile device.
Subscribe to XBIZ Premiere magazine, the industry's leading adult retail trade publications, delivering the most timely and comprehensive business news and information to producers and retailers of adult products.

UPCOMING EVENTS

XBIZ Berlin 2016

Sep 11 - Sep 14
Berlin, Germany

International Lingerie Show

Sep 12 - Sep 14
Las Vegas, Nevada

The European Summit 2016

Sep 20 - Sep 23
Prague, Cz.

eroFame

Oct 05 - Oct 07
Hannover, Germany
Everyday thousands of business professionals browse XBIZ's industry directory for quality products and services. Not listed yet? Your company could be losing potential new business. Submit your company today!
Use XBIZ RSS feeds to stay informed of the latest industry developments or as a content syndication tool for your website!