Egypt state prosecutor issues order to ban Internet pornography

By on November 8, 2012, 5:00 PM

Egypt state prosecutor Abdel Meguid Mahmud has ordered a ban on Internet pornography according to an official statement from his office. The attempt isn’t the first of its kind though as a previous court order was never put into effect, nor was a similar proposal in the Egyptian Parliament earlier this year.

The order was allegedly handed down following a protest yesterday by conservative Muslims called Salafis. This group has launched a campaign known as “Pure Net” with the intent of blocking access to pornographic websites, according to an official at the prosecutor’s office that asked to remain anonymous.

The online version of the Al-Ahram newspaper said the order was specifically directed at information, interior and telecommunications ministries that would potentially have the power to block pornographic images and videos on the web.

In 2009, a Cairo court sided with an Islamist lawyer with regards to pornographic websites. The lawyer said such content was destructive to Egypt and ruined moral values. The court noted that freedoms of expression and public rights should be restricted by maintaining fundamentals of religion, morality and patriotism.

It remains to be seen if new Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi will make any sort of effort to enforce this order. USA Today says the previous attempts all failed due to the high cost associated with enforcing such a ban. There’s no doubt it would take a large sum of money to fund a project to block the thousands of websites and pages deemed inappropriate on the Internet.




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1 person liked this | H3llion H3llion, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Some countries just tend to keep going backwards, backwards and backward. Soon enough, we will be seeing our Cavemen ancestors.

2 people like this | Ranger1st Ranger1st said:

Nah at some point they'll roll back to Saladin and he'll ***** slap the extremists for being agro cocwallets..

1 person liked this | SKYSTAR SKYSTAR said:

This is really a shame , it is a personal freedom , no body has the right to impose what he thinks on the others.

NTAPRO NTAPRO said:

Things usually get more popular when people try to restrict it. Or maybe they are just trying to increase DVD sales lol.

Lurker101 said:

It'll never work

Guest said:

You're crazy if you think the ability to view porno is a freedom. There are millions of people who are enslaved to this so called 'freedom' and it has and continues to destroy lives and families.

1 person liked this | RH00D RH00D said:

You're crazy if you think the ability to view porno is a freedom. There are millions of people who are enslaved to this so called 'freedom' and it has and continues to destroy lives and families.

So I suppose we should also ban manufacturing because there are millions of people who are enslaved to working in factories and it has and continues to destroy lives and families. Nice logic.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

You're crazy if you think the ability to view porno is a freedom. There are millions of people who are enslaved to this so called 'freedom' and it has and continues to destroy lives and families.
I never thought I would say this, the only well thought out comment is from a guest. However in everyones defense that is fighting for free Internet, there are ways to clean up the Internet without completely banning such content. Such content should not be so easily accessible by under age viewers.

m4a4 m4a4 said:

Have fun with that. You either will have another uprising or no people to govern -_-

1 person liked this | Ranger12 Ranger12 said:

no body has the right to impose what he thinks on the others.

I guess you're not imposing that idea on us, are you?

Guest said:

Some countries just tend to keep going backwards, backwards and backward. Soon enough, we will be seeing our Cavemen ancestors.

So.. to move forward and improve ourselves, to have flying jets around our homes, we have to watch porn. Hmmmm, I will keep that in my mind!

Guest said:

LMAO, great response.

Emexrulsier said:

Some countries just tend to keep going backwards, backwards and backward. Soon enough, we will be seeing our Cavemen ancestors.

Yeah but if you notice it's always the same countries I say large enterprise countries like US, Denmark, UK, Sweden etc just just put their foot down now and cut off access to most of the east!

AudoBell said:

You're crazy if you think the ability to view porno is a freedom. There are millions of people who are enslaved to this so called 'freedom' and it has and continues to destroy lives and families.

So I suppose we should also ban manufacturing because there are millions of people who are enslaved to working in factories and it has and continues to destroy lives and families. Nice logic.

RH00D - Are you an *****? Yes, we should ban manufacturers who enslave workers. I don't know what you were getting at with your statement? He never said ban the entire internet. Even with that "free" porn you're watching, producers make millions. They directly and indirectly force girls to appear in these videos.

....and yes, for the record, if a manufacturer is enslaving workers, we should shut it down.

davimous said:

I think I'm going to go enjoy some freedom. Cya guys.

Rasta211 said:

Good luck Egypt.

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Per Hansson Per Hansson, TS Server Guru, said:

Some countries just tend to keep going backwards, backwards and backward. Soon enough, we will be seeing our Cavemen ancestors.

Yea, it really is sad to think how advanced Cairo was 5000 years ago vs now.

The whole city is basically a dump, and the slum areas are so large it makes New York City look like a small town

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SKYSTAR SKYSTAR said:

You're crazy if you think the ability to view porno is a freedom. There are millions of people who are enslaved to this so called 'freedom' and it has and continues to destroy lives and families.

it is better for the governments in this countries to fight against corruption and poverty first , then look for porn banning.

SKYSTAR SKYSTAR said:

I think I'm going to go enjoy some freedom. Cya guys.

good luck man ,have some fun

Guest said:

I am from Egypt, Salafis are EXTREME Islamist, I am a moderate Muslim, like most of Egypt. Sadly, they have louder voice. Anyways, I am with them blocking sexual content(Not proxies, I use it for more just porn), but the way they are doing it destructive, we have degraded morals(which is solved by better education not just blocking everything but saying what's wrong and why!) Also, IF THEY EFFIN MONEY to spend it on censoring, better give it to the poor, and solve more problems we have. They are just handling everything wrong. And to all people out there, you haven't seen true revolution. Everyone is scared to lose everything, that's why it didn't succeed, we will be truly free when we lose everything!

EEatGDL said:

Aaaah, I wanted to see Homer

Guest said:

I am from Egypt, Salafis are EXTREME Islamist, I am a moderate Muslim, like most of Egypt. Sadly, they have louder voice. Anyways, I am with them blocking sexual content(Not proxies, I use it for more just porn), but the way they are doing it destructive, we have degraded morals(which is solved by better education not just blocking everything but saying what's wrong and why!) Also, IF THEY EFFIN MONEY to spend it on censoring, better give it to the poor, and solve more problems we have. They are just handling everything wrong. And to all people out there, you haven't seen true revolution. Everyone is scared to lose everything, that's why it didn't succeed, we will be truly free when we lose everything!

Hi, I'm an Egyptian too, ( I'm a Salafist also ;) which means : a Muslim who adheres to all doctrines of his religion, and not an EXTREME or BRUTAL MONSTER which sadly is the image that media spreads :( and one of the major doctrines is to learn, study, and develop in all world sciences and technologies, so please don't be afraid and get rid of the media's image and lie about Salafists :) and I don't know what you mean with " moderate Muslim !! :( "

Back to the topic, may be complete blockage of porn website is technically impossible, BUT not all visitors of these sites are COMPUTER GEEKS! So, say we have 100.000 visitors, when we block these sites only 20.000 will get to it, BIG ADVANTAGE!.

Finally I'm sorry about my bad English, and GOOD LUCK :))))

Guest said:

> to move forward and improve ourselves,

> to have flying jets around our homes,

> we have to watch porn

That's the dumbest thing I've ever read on the internet.

1 person liked this | Guest said:

Religion is EVIL, and the sooner it is GONE, the better off the human race will be.

Pan Wah said:

It's bound to happen, total control requires an ignorant populace, one tool to that end is censorship (I suspect porn is just "collateral damage"! )

1 person liked this | Guest said:

"Religion is EVIL, and the sooner it is GONE, the better off the human race will be."

So the buddhist monk meditating in his chi garden...is.....doing evil deeds? The person praying for a break in life whether something out there exists or not is hurting other people or something? In that case, hammers are EVIL.

mattfrompa mattfrompa said:

> to move forward and improve ourselves,

> to have flying jets around our homes,

> we have to watch porn

That's the dumbest thing I've ever read on the internet.

Your comprehension is to blame for such a title. The point is that the existence of porn on the internet is NOT what should be stopped. If the industry allows for slavery then SLAVERY is what should be stopped. And you absolutely can have internet porn without managing the industry like shit

Chazz said:

So do they still allow porn on DVD?

Tygerstrike said:

Ok maybe im just too smart for my own good, but I have to ask this. How EXACTLY is porn ruining Egypt? Are there gangs of men running around jacking it for all to see? Maybe fleets of minivans with TV's in them displaying porn at schools? How exactly is something ppl tend to view in their own home, ruining Egypts morals. I would think given how strict the Muslim faith is, that they would rather have their men rubbing one out in the safty of their own home, then say out raping ppl. Im sorry I dont live over there. I dont have a clear picture of how porn effects Egypt. Still, yet another religion attempting to force their views on other ppl.

Guest said:

In regard to someone saying about a buddhist monk in a chi garden, in reference to religion, I dont know if its just me but I dont think of buddhism as a religion more of a way of spirituality.

Buddha is not, was not, never will be, a god. He was a human. Who awakened. Or so the teachings say.

In regards to people going on about girls forced to do porn ? Are we talking about certain countries ? Or certain crazy people who force girls to do stuff. As far as I am aware, girls make money doing this work more so that prosititution, and pole dancing and stripping, so...

You would have to stop all these other activities, the sex trade has been around since the dawn of time, it has just evolved and evolved to where supply and demand is. How can you take away porn from the internet but not from shelves of gas stations, and from the streets.

You need to make the internet better, and let countries who want strange controls have them, and those who dont dont.

I am more concerned about the parents these days who buy kids of 8 kindle fires, and android phones, and connect them up to the wifi, with no care for what their kids look at, or do, or click on. Who let their kids play games all freaking night instead of studying. Kids are constantly babysat by machines, and more and more turn into dumb a$$es, angry, greedy lil humans who have no respect.

We need to be better role models. But we think so what, we have freedoms, do what we want. We have spent decades abolishing rules and ideas for freedoms we thought we wanted and needed, but frankly have left newer generations to trample over the crappy world we have left for them.

Is it really all going to change for the better when Egypt ban porn. I think not.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

How EXACTLY is porn ruining Egypt?
You would choose not to believe anything anyone has to say for an answer.

Antyuno Antyuno said:

Im for it and agree and believe it is possible. All that is sin and pollution for the mind and soul. This "modern" society is going backwards and more and more away from God and closer to Satan.

May God be with us all, Amen.

Guest said:

I recall seeing an article which said an enormous percentage of the web searches for porn come from Muslim countries. The author of the article opined, probably correctly, that women are so tightly controlled in their societies that the men tend to go crazy looking for outlets.

Guest said:

I dont want to be the one to defend the porn industry, but in this case I have to say that I'm against such bans/laws on a simple principle. I strongly dislike self righteous assholes who think they have a right to determine how a whole society should behave according to what *they* think is the best solution for everyone, some sort of *greater good*.

So you dont like porn and you think its the root of all evil in your country (or at least largest such issue that warrants immediate attention over everything else)? They teach that to your own children/circle, you can also try to convince others of your ideas by constructive arguments, but dont shove your believes down everyone else's throats.

I for one think that this is merely an attempt on a part of this particular muslim group to gain exposure and validation/recognition/support base among the people by tackling a relatively neutral issue (nothing to do with politics/government policies, so not stepping on anyone's turf yet) that nevertheless will gather strong popular support/controversy in a country with a large religious base. If they really were concerned about degrading morality of their countrymen, they should have pushed for educational reform, promoted traditional values and customs of their country over the western influences (and not to offend anyone, when I say traditional I'm not talking about extremist/fanatical following of every possible obscure set 2000+ year old rules, but what is actually commonly practiced among the people).

The right solution to porn is to convince the majority of people that it is not in their own best interests to obsess over it. Banning is never effective, but finding a better alternative or good reasons to avoid something is. Kinda like what happened to smocking - by showing that it is destructive over time and by limiting access to it of the younger population, maybe adding taxes/cost issue, but not banning smocking outright. If you do ban it, you get the same situation as we have not with drugs and the alcohol prohibition era in the past. Everyone will just keep on doing it in the shadows anyway. You know that many of the same religions people who publicly decry porn and support purity and morale, engage in the same behaviors when nobody is looking.

Having said all that, I also do not see what the big deal is with porn (and forget egypt for a second, to them that like one of the last of their current problems and just a distraction from reality really). Yes there are some who's lives are ruined by it, but they are a minority and the same argument can be made about pretty much everything else. Fast food leads to weight issues, self consciousness and depression, Hollywood image of what a girl is supposed to be is destructive to young teens, even simple overuse of coffee leads to all sorts of health problems, hell, by sitting on this site I'm sacrificing some time out of my social life. Should we ban or attempt to control all of that because some people take it too far? This is what the real word is like, and its not what idealists (and religion) want it to be...

1 person liked this | cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

They teach that to your own children/circle, you can also try to convince others of your ideas by constructive arguments, but dont shove your believes down everyone else's throats.
Teaching your kids goes deeper than talking to them. Kids need restrictions and currently there are no restrictions when allowing them to sit in front of an Internet computer. I'm not for banning Internet material but I am for segregating material for easier control of what your kids do see.

valentyn0 valentyn0 said:

They teach that to your own children/circle, you can also try to convince others of your ideas by constructive arguments, but dont shove your believes down everyone else's throats.
Teaching your kids goes deeper than talking to them. Kids need restrictions and currently there are no restrictions when allowing them to sit in front of an Internet computer. I'm not for banning Internet material but I am for segregating material for easier control of what your kids do see.

Wise answer.

Guest said:

LOL, they want to shut down porn in Egypt. That is like saying: we will shutdown the Internet. After all Internet consist in ~95% of porn.

Ignorance is Strength

Freedom is Slavery

War is Peace

Sounds familiar...???

Zoltan Head said:

LOL, they want to shut down porn in Egypt. That is like saying: we will shutdown the Internet. After all Internet consist in ~95% of porn.

Ignorance is Strength

Freedom is Slavery

War is Peace

Sounds familiar...???

Sounds irrelevant...

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