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Wed May 24, 2017, 05:57 PM

Egypt blocks 21 websites including Al Jazeera: security sources

Source: Reuters

WORLD NEWS | Wed May 24, 2017 | 5:43pm EDT

Egypt blocks 21 websites including Al Jazeera: security sources

Egypt has banned 21 websites including the main website of Qatar-based al Jazeera television for "supporting terrorism", local media and security sources said on Wednesday.

Reuters tried to access five websites named by local Egyptian newspapers and broadcasters, including the Al Jazeera website, and found them all inaccessible.

There was no immediate official comment available. An official from National Telecom Regulatory Authority could not confirm or deny the news but said "so what if it is true, it should not be a problem."

Egyptian privately owned broadcaster CBC and newspaper Al-Watan both cited security sources saying the websites, which also included some Egypt-focused websites hosted abroad such as Masr Al Arabiya that the government says are financed by Qatar, were blocked because they supported terrorism.

Two security sources told Reuters the websites were blocked for being affiliated with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood or for being funded by Qatar.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-censorship-idUSKBN18K307

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