Egypt's government is reported to be continuing with blocking news websites without providing any reasons and bypassing ISPs (Internet Service Providers). What has also emerged is that the government is now also blocking websites that allow users to access the blocked websites.

What is interesting is also that, as Egypt's Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE) has stated, is that some sites can be accessed depending on which ISP you use or if you use HTTPS.

"During the period from May 24th to June 22th, AFTE monitored the blocking of a number of websites in Egypt. A group of Egyptian newspapers sites, licensed to work in Egypt, has been blocked," said AFTE in a statement.

The number of sites blocked has increased to over a hundred and now not only includes Qatari linked websites but also media companies that are licensed to operate in the North Afrikan country.

Earlier in May 2017, we reported that Egypt had blocked several Qatar-linked online publications such as Al-Jazeera, The Huffington Post Arabic, Qatari News Agency and more. The reason given by the country's government at the time was that the publications "fabricate news" and also incite terrorism. Now it seems this initial reason has somewhat changed as more and more Egyptian based publications are being blocked.

The reason behind the blocking of Egyptian websites seems to be a crackdown on dissent, and infringement on press freedom, by Egypt's President, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

For a full list of currently blocked websites as researched by AFTE, visit their website here.

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