Egypt passes cybercrime law with implications for censorship and freedom of expression

Qrius reports that on June 5, Egypt’s parliament passed a cybercrime law that establishes regulations that will impose restrictions on social media and other online content, with implications for web censorship and freedom of expression. The law has been under discussion for some time, as authorities seek to stop ‘terrorist and extremist ideologies’. According to Global Voices, the law ‘gives investigative authorities the right to “order the censorship of websites” whenever a site hosts content that “poses a threat to national security or compromises national security or the national economy”.