Egyptian Web surfers may soon be stripped of all access to Internet pornography sites.
Egypt’s Prosecutor General ordered the government’s ministries of telecommunications, interior and information to begin enforcing a ban on online porn Wednesday. On the same day, Islamist groups demonstrated in downtown Cairo to demand enforcement of the ban on x-rated Internet material.
The Salafist Al-Nour party and other groups have long pushed a campaign called “Pure Net” which aims to block access to all sexually oriented websites in the Muslim country.
Based on their own interpretation of Islamic law, known as Sharia, some Salafis have advocated violence against the West and severe limits on individual rights.
That same segment of Egypt’s Muslims has long argued that Internet porn clashes with the values of most Egyptians. But their countrymen’s actual Web surfing habits say otherwise: At least two pornographic websites are among Egypt’s 25 most frequently visited online destinations, according to Alexa, a division of Amazon.com that tracks online traffic patterns globally.