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Egypt court orders ban of pornographic websites

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    Egypt court orders ban of pornographic websites

    By SARAH EL DEEB | Associated Press

    CAIRO (AP) - An Egyptian court has ordered the government to ban pornographic Internet websites in order to protect society and its values. The decision and a similar initiative in parliament has fed into fears by liberal and secular Egyptians that their country is moving down the path to fundamentalist Islam, following a sweeping victory by Islamists in parliamentary elections.

    The ruling Wednesday came from a lower court and can be appealed. Three years ago a court made a similar ruling, but it was not enforced because at the time, officials argued filtering systems were not effective.

    Human rights activists criticized the latest ruling and warned it was a violation of freedom of information in an already conservative society.

    The pornographic website issue recently underlined the Islamist domination of parliament, when an ultraconservative lawmaker presented a query asking the government to ban pornographic websites because they endangered the morality of the country's youth. The lawmaker asked the government to introduce legislation banning sites that promote corruption and immorality.

    Internet specialists said trying to ban pornography with a court ruling or legislation is ineffective. The use of parental controls is considered a more common way to curb access of minors to offensive content.

    "It is very hard to implement and is ... a waste of resources," said lawyer Soha Abdel-Attie of the Egyptian Initiative for Human Rights. She said it was not clear if the new court order builds on the previous case or was a new ban.

    Others said the ban is a violation of freedom of expression and information and could be followed by other steps to censor dissidents.

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