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Will Egypt's cybercrime law overstep boundaries?

As the Egyptian government nears adoption of a new cybercrime law, human rights organizations and observers decried the move, considering it the latest government tool to crack down on dissent.
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CAIRO — In what observers, human rights activists and politicians consider a setback for freedoms in Egypt and a prelude to a historic turning point toward stifling dissent and cracking down on the young opposition, the Egyptian parliament began work on a new cybercrime law on May 10.

The move came after the Suggestions and Complaints Committee accepted parliament member Tamer Shahawy’s motion calling for action against “chaos” and individual "violations" on the internet. Some Egyptians had gone online to express their strong opposition to government moves including the Egyptian government’s decision to cede to Saudi Arabia the islands of Tiran and Sanafir. Shahawy considered the internet outcry a threat to national security.

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