Egypt reform website shut down

Possible the first time that a non-Islamist Egyptian website is blocked:

On 3 March, rights activists confirmed reports that the Egypt-based www.masreyat.org, which features discussions of political reform and social issues, suddenly became inaccessible. According to Eid, it is one of 18 existing Egypt-based websites featuring articles critical of the government's slow pace of reform and human rights record.

Eid said that the site was closed down by TE Data, the internet arm of the largely state-owned fixed-line provider, Telecom Egypt. Nevertheless, masreyat.com remains accessible through proxy servers, he said.
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Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.