Egypt has blocked 21 media websites including the main website of Qatar-based Al-Jazeera news channel for allegedly supporting terrorism, as per reports by one of the country’s local news agencies.
According to sources, the blocked websites also include some Egypt-focused websites hosted abroad such as Masr Al Arabiya. There are claims from the Egyptian government that the websites are being financed by Qatar.
• The 21 websites have been blocked inside Egypt for having content that supports terrorism and extremism.
• Al-Jazeera has reportedly been accused of supporting the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood movement, which is blamed for causing violence after the military ousted them from power in 2013.
• Another pro- Brotherhood channel based in Turkey, Al-Sharq, has been blocked.
• The Huffington Post's Arabic website was also inaccessible.
• Mada Masr, an independent Egyptian media outlet that published investigative reports on corruption, was also made inaccessible.
• Security sources reveal that legal action would be taken against the websites.
The block follows similar actions taken by other Arab nations such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which too blocked Al Jazeera after the ruler of Qatar, was quoted on the channel speaking in favour of Iran.
Qatar however, defended itself by saying that their news agency was hacked and the report quoting the emir was fabricated.