CAIRO (AP/The Blaze) — 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.