“Masr Al-Arabiya” website was blocked due to the obstacles of the authority

The independent news site Misr Al Arabiya announced that he had stopped working and decided to conceal, due to what he said were legal obstacles preventing him from continuing his work.

In a statement issued by the site yesterday, Wednesday, “The Arab Masr Al Arabiya editorial family seeks permission from its dear readers to concealment from today.”

The statement was signed by journalist Adel Sabry, editor-in-chief of the website, who said, “We have endured the hardships for the past eight months for you. Our efforts were not crowned with success, and we only got repeated promises to return, so we quietly opted for permission until fate permits our return.”

Sabri added, “In the end, we represent the effort of individuals who did not fight a regime or compete with others for their gains. Rather, we tried not to abandon our professional minds, which will certainly remain, because we have no other.”

The statement pointed out that the work team committed, during the past seven years, to international professional standards and the press honor code that senior Egyptian journalists abide by, believing that the site belongs to its readers, so there is no opinion in the news, with the right of all readers to express their ideas freely within the limits of the law and general norms.

He pointed out that the site was blocked 4 years ago, followed by the editor-in-chief was arrested for about two and a half years, and during that time work on the site stopped, until a number of loyal affiliates insisted on continuing writing and publishing with a voluntary effort, hoping that the state would end legalizing the status of websites. Electronic in accordance with the Constitution and the law.

He stressed that after the editor-in-chief was released, the interviews with the head of the Journalists Syndicate and official correspondence with the National Media Authority (governmental) did not stop, in legal and friendly attempts to restore work on the site.

The statement thanked the colleagues who were dispersed after the closure crisis, as well as those who volunteered to work until the last moments at the site, and everyone who tried to keep the site working.

In April 2018, Egyptian security men in civilian clothes raided the “Masr Al Arabiya” website in central Cairo, and demanded that its employees hand over their devices and stop working on them, before they detained the editor of the site, who was fined by the Supreme Council for Media Regulation for publishing a report deemed “insulting to the Egyptians.”

The council had ruled that the website Misr Al Arabiya was fined 50,000 pounds (the dollar is less than 16 pounds) for publishing a translation of a report titled “The New York Times: Egyptians Marching to the Elections for $ 3”, which the council considered an insult to the Egyptians.

The American report was talking about violations in the presidential elections, which witnessed a wide boycott by the absence of competitors for President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi.

It is noteworthy that “Masr Al-Arabiya” is a news site that cares about the Egyptian affairs and the Arab and Islamic surroundings of Egypt, and says that it is biased towards the values ​​and principles of the January 25 2011 revolution, and issues of national independence. The site was launched in early 2013, and it is among hundreds of websites that the Egyptian regime has blocked in recent years.
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