Egypt internet: Sisi ratifies law tightening control over websites.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has signed a brand new law that tightens controls over the internet.
The legislation on “cybercrime” means that websites can be blocked in Egypt if deemed to constitute a threat to national security or the economy.
Anyone found guilty of running or just visiting, such sites could face prison or a fine.
Authorities say the new measures are needed to tackle instability and terrorism.
But human rights groups accuse the government of trying to crush all political dissent in the country.
The Cairo-based Association of Freedom of Thought and Expression said more than 500 websites had already been blocked in Egypt prior to the new law being signed.