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Ultra-conservative politicians in Egypt take steps towards attempting a total ban on internet pornography in the country, in an apparent move to extend the influence of Sharia law on its citizens.

For many, online pornography is just another handy (*giggle*) convenience offered by the web. For some, porn is celebrated as a driving force in the development of web technologies and online economies. For others, however, pornography is viewed as a destructive force in society, one that has had a negative effect on individuals, families and even communities.

Authorities in Egypt appear to be positioning themselves firmly in the latter category; The Next Web cites a report from domestic news source Egypt Independent, claiming that the country’s Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology is now taking its first steps towards a nationwide ban on internet porn. Mohamed Salem, Minister for Telecoms and IT, recently announced the formation of a committee which will assess and report on the practicalities of implementing such a ban.

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Last month, Dr Younis Makhioun, a member of parliament from Egypt’s conservative Al-Nour party, introduced the idea of a blanket ban on all internet porn. Created in the wake of last year’s political revolution, which culminated in the ousting of then-President Hosni Mubarak, Al-Nour follows strict Islamist ideologies, governed by adherence to Sharia law. Dr Makhioun underlined the need for Egyptians to follow these religiously enshrined edicts, expressing his belief that pornography has eroded the morality of the country’s youth, and undermined family values, resulting in an increase in divorce and rape.

Minister Salem voiced similar concerns, stating that the issue of online pornography “is becoming persistent and worrying to families”, while the country’s Parliamentary Committee for Transportation and Telecommunications called for sites offering such content to be blocked, demanding legislation that would see internet service providers punished for failing to adequately suppress content deemed inappropriate.

The role of Sharia law in the nation’s future has been a hot topic in Egypt recently. Only yesterday, a group of liberal MPs walked out of a parliamentary vote, accusing conservative Islamist parties of attempting to assume control of a panel creating Egypt’s new constitution. While BBC News reported that these conservative MPs have tried to calm concerns that they seek to impose strict Sharia laws on the country, proposals such as the one to ban online porn appear to contradict these claims.

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If the consensus of the Egyptian citizens is to ban porn, then it should go ahead. The authorities should consult the citizens, and take a decision on the basis of what the majority wants, and not act unilaterally.

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Just like Iran, but we see most of the YouPorn visitors are from Iran. :D

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In all seriousness, I do believe that rather than banning, adult content should be opt-in (not opt-out) - like pay TV. Adults can easily decide on whether to subscribe to such content for themselves or whether to avoid for the sake of their kids.

I feel really bad for kids whose parents don't even know the kind'a content that's available on the net, be it sexually explicit, violent, religious/racially hateful, not to mention predators on social networking sites.

I remember an young Sri Lankan author saying "As a kid, I Googled sex for titillation, and all I got were tits (and more)". Happened to me too. Got multiple such links on the 1st Google search page itself the 1st time 'round. I had heard 'bout what's available from friends, but didn't know it'll be THAT easy.

It's high time everybody does something 'bout this for the sake of our future generations rather than worry 'bout making more money for the corporates through SOPA/PIPA and the like.

Sorry to have *sucked the fun out* ( :lol: ) of a topic like this, but had to speak my mind. Now go right ahead with your silly jokes, y'all :P

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no wondering about that , since Egypt is an arab Muslim country and this kind of stuff is DISALLOW by thiere religious (Sharia )

cheers :D

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