The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information monitored the Egyptian authorities blocking at least 682 links, of which 596 sites and 32 alternate links were used by the blocked sites to reach their audience instead of the links that were blocked.
On Sunday, the network, along with the technology and law community, "Masar", launched the "Stop Block" campaign to demand the lifting of the blocking of websites and against Internet censorship in Egypt. Until now.
According to the network, the website blocking campaign began by blocking 21 press and news websites, including "Mada Masr", sites affiliated with Al Jazeera Media Network, and other Qatari or Muslim Brotherhood websites, then the Egyptian authorities continued to practice blocking websites to include sites that provide tools to bypass blocking websites and censorship. On the Internet, human rights organizations' websites, blogs, and press websites, in addition to the expansion of the number of blocked press websites.
The blocked sites included 116 press and media websites, 349 sites that provide services to bypass blocking websites, 15 sites that address human rights issues, 11 cultural sites, 17 sites that provide tools for communication and chatting, 27 political criticism sites, 8 blogs and blog hosting sites, and 12 sites for multimedia sharing. In addition to a number of other various sites.
The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information and the technical and legal community said that they aim through the campaign to support the public's right to access knowledge, and to support the freedom of digital media and information circulation, in light of the authorities' control over most of the visual, audio, written and digital media, and called on public opinion to pressure the Egyptian authorities To lift the blocking of websites and stop practicing Internet censorship.
During the “Stop Blocking” campaign, Masar and the Arab Network for Human Rights Information will publish a list of sites that have been monitored for blocking during the previous period. The two institutions will also address letters to the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders at the United Nations. And the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in addition to addressing the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority and the Supreme Council for Media Regulation in Egypt. The two institutions will also publish a timeline explaining how the practices of blocking websites have evolved in Egypt since 2017, in addition to publishing information and data on the state of censorship. Online in Egypt.