Daniel_Stuckey writes "Backed by “Pure Net,” a Salafist Muslim grassroots organization, conservative Egyptian public-prosecutor Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud has decided it’s time to finally enforce an outstanding 2009 court order to ban Internet porn. Arguing that porn goes against traditional Egyptian values and customs, Pure Net staged a demonstration last week, calling on this action. And who was going to oppose them publicly?
In a country that has been a world leader in Google searches (2006-2007) for “sex”, “sexy”, “bird sex”, “elephant sex” and “pig sex”, it feels like the nation of roughly 82 million is going to be full of a ton of upset dudes repressed into silence on the front of the issue, dealing with a nasty paradigm. Too embarrassed to fight for one of the wrongest rights in the free world, those who might bravely do so would ultimately incur suggested allegiances with cultures as Western as Vegas. The Catch 22’ing ensues.
But is it really time for Egypt to join China and Iran in kindergarten intranet world? After the revolutions of 2011, protestors and liberal voices have carried forth demands for expressive freedoms and decreased state control. With the state taking the reigns over pornographic content (which some have mused would be an operation spearheaded by eagerly volunteering young religious men) a continued stride over Internet freedoms by families-that-are-pissed-their-toddlers-found-daddy’s-bird-sex-gallery could signal a decline for one of Egypt’s most progressive and integral machines: The Internet."
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