Egypt's Head Prosecutor Bans Internet Pornography

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Most Egyptians approved of the recent decision of Egypt’s General Prosecutor Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud to order government authorities to block any "corrupt or corrupting" pornographic images or scenes inconsistent with the values and traditions of the Egyptian people, and the higher interests of the state.

An official in the prosecutor's office said the order followed a protest by Salafists, who have launched a campaign called "Pure Net" with the goal of prohibiting pornographic websites.

The campaign is backed by several prominent Salafist preachers as it calls for the prohibition of adult websites in Egypt on grounds that such sites violate Egyptian customs and values.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Coordinator of “Pure Net Campaign, Cairo University”, Mohamed Hossam:
“The Campaign of pure Net is a youth plan to ban the porn sites. It seeks to ban all porn sites to preserve Egyptian behavior as east community which rejects the presence of this phenomenon inside the community.”

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Software Engineer for Web Applications, Ahmed Abu-Baker:
“The banning of porn sites is available for any country, and any government can do that as well by blocking the actual host of the websites or even by blocking the website itself within the IP.”

Mahmoud sent official letters to the Communications and Information Technology Minister, the Interior Minister and the head of the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority on Wednesday, November 7, ordering them to block pornographic websites.

He wrote that such websites show images that are contrary to the values and traditions of Egyptian society and the national interest according to the statements of his spokesperson Adel al-Saeed.

Most Egyptians support the decision to ban porn sites, highlighting the fact that Egyptian society is conservative by nature and the decision will serve to preserve Egypt's social norms and values.

SOUDNBITE 3 (Arabic) – Egyptian citizen, Khaled:
“I think that the decision of the General-Prosecutor to block the porn sites is very good decision because a big category of the Egyptian society use the internet so it is illogical to let all the sites available for all the people particularly the porn sites.”

SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) - Egyptian citizen, Mohamed Ibrahim:
“Actually it is a very good decision because it is illogical that I have internet at my home and my young child enters on it and goes to such porn sites to see inconsistent scenes so I see it is a very good decision.”

Meanwhile on the part of liberal critics, the decision was met by uproar and concern about the possible impact such legislation might have on the freedom of expression.

They believe that the general ban may pave the way for more Internet regulations to come.

In May 2009, Egypt's High Administrative Court declared a ban on pornographic websites. The move was based on a lawsuit filed by Islamist lawyer Nezar Ghourab.

The court said such websites help spread vice, which destroys traditions, beliefs and morals, and therefore the country’s interests as well as social and national security.

Story: Most Egyptians Approve of Prosecutor’s Order to Ban Porn Websites
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: November 9, 2012 and Archive
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: November 10, 2012
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SHOTLIST:
1- Various external shots of Egypt’s Supreme Courthouse
2- Medium shot of the Egyptian flag on the top of the headquarters of the Supreme Courthouse
3- Medium shot of Prosecutor-General Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud speaking during a meeting (Archive October 14 )
4- Medium shot, the attendees during the meeting (Archive October 14 )
5- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Coordinator of “Pure Net Campaign, Cairo University”, Mohamed Hossam:
“The Campaign of pure Net is a youth plan to ban the porn sites. It seeks to ban all the porn sites to preserve the Egyptian behavior as east community which rejects the presence of this phenomenon inside the community” 6- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Software Engineer for Web Applications, Ahmed Abu-Baker:
“The banning of porn sites is available for any country and any government can do that as well by blocking the actual host of the websites or even by blocking the website itself within the IP.” Various shots of Egyptians searching the internet
7- Wide shot of Traffic movement at one of Cairo streets
8- SOUDNBITE 3 (Arabic) – Egyptian citizen, Khaled:
“I think that the decision of the General-Prosecutor to block the porn sites is very good decision because a big category of the Egyptian society use the internet so it is illogical to let all the sites available for all the people particularly the porn sites.” 9- SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) - Egyptian citizen, Mohamed Ibrahim:
“Actually it is a very good decision because it is illogical that I have internet at my home and my young child enters on it and goes to such porn sites to see inconsistent scenes so I see it is a very good decision.” 10- Various shots of Egyptians searching on the internet
11- wide shot of traffic movement at one of Cairo streets
12- Wide shot of youth sitting on the internet at internet café
13- Wide overview shot of the Nile River in Cairo

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