The Arabist

The Arabist

By Issandr El Amrani and friends.

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, 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, remains accessible through proxy servers, he said.
Yet another sign that the Cairo Spring is steaming ahead...