Egypt has banned at least 62 websites since it began a crackdown on online media more than two weeks ago, a local rights group has said.
The Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE), which has been tracking affected sites since May 24, described the latest move as a “clear attack on the media”.
“The blocking of websites violates the Egyptian Constitution,” the watchdog said in a statement on Monday, adding that the banned websites included licensed local news outlets.
The group also accused the government of failing to disclose any judicial or administrative decision to block the 62 sites.
According to AFTE’s latest update, the websites banned included Daily Sabah and other Turkey-based sites, as well as Medium, the online publishing platform.
On May 24, Egypt blocked access to 21 websites, including the websites of Al Jazeera, the Huffington Post’s Arabic website and prominent local independent news site Mada Masr.
At the time, anonymous security sources …