News

The AMP Project Blocked in Egypt, Bans Access to a Number of International Media Outlets

The AMP Project Blocked in Egypt, Bans Access to a Number of International Media Outlets

The Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) Project has been blocked in Egypt banning access from phone to international media outlets such as New York Times, CNN and The Guardian.

AMP is “an open source initiative that makes it easy for publishers to create mobile-friendly content and have it load instantly everywhere,” according to AMP website.

With the ongoing blockade on websites, news websites resort to alternative ways to proceed with content publishing. MadaMasr reported that it uses AMP as an alternative platform to proceed with publishing since the blockade on May 24, 2017.

The total number of blocked websites has risen to 496 including VPN sites according to a report by Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE).

On 24 May 2017, Egyptian authorities started blocking news websites, VPN sites, websites of non-profit organizations and personal blogs of journalists on alleged claims of “supporting terrorism”.

Blocked media includes independent news website Mada Masr, the privately-owned Daily News Egypt, Qatar-owned news agencies Al-Jazeera among many others.

Some of the most prominent NGOs are the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) and Human Rights Watch website. Among the blocked VPN websites are Tunnelbear,  Cyberghost, Hotspot Shield Elite VPN (Hsselite), Tigervpn and Zenvpn.

Amnesty International’s North Africa Campaigns director Najia Bounaim said that the recent clampdown on Egypt’s digital media is a further evidence of Egypt’s age-old police state tactics in motion. She added that even in the darkest days of Mubarak, which she described as repressive, the authorities didn’t cut off access to all independent news websites, according to a previous report by Egyptian Streets.

There has been no official announcement or clarification from any telecommunications entities regarding the blockade.

The blockade measure is considered unconstitutional as it violates Article 57 stipulating the freedom of media and public’s right to know and to access information.

Mobile Libraries Roam Cairo Streets To Achieve Cultural Equality Between Egyptians
Egyptian Archeologists Discover Tomb of 5th Dynasty Top Official Hetpet in Giza Western Cemetery

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

More in News

Egypt Constructs World’s Largest Solar Park

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 24, 2018

Tourists Gather to Watch Alignment of the Sun on Ramses II Statue in Aswan

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 22, 2018

Egyptian Female Wins Her Case Against a Harasser in Determination to Fight Sexual Harassment

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 22, 2018

Egypt has ‘Nothing to Hide’: Al-Sisi Comments on the $US 15 Billion Natural Gas Deal with Israel

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 22, 2018

New Zoo Established in Cairo’s International Garden in Attempt to Expand Egypt’s Green Spaces

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 21, 2018

Saudi Women to Own Businesses Without Male Consent Following a Royal Decree Allowing Women to Drive

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 21, 2018

Israel Signs $US 15 Billion Deal to Export Natural Gas to Egypt

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 20, 2018

Egyptian Court Adds Former Presidential Candidate Abdel Monem Aboul Fotouh to Terror List

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 20, 2018
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2017 Egyptian Streets. All Rights Reserved.