Egypt’s President Sisi approves new internet law

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has approved a draft law that aims at fighting internet crimes. The law allows authorities to block websites if it published any materials that could harm the country’s security or economic stability.

It also forbids publishing information regarding the army or the police movements, as well as promoting radical or terrorist ideas.

According to the newly-ratified law, any blog or social media account with more than 5,000 followers is considered a media platform, and thus shall abide to relevant laws and regulations.

The draft law was passed by the Egyptian Parliament (The House of Representatives) last month.