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Egypt bans Shiite websites to deter extremist ideologies

An Egyptian court has banned Shiite websites and TV channels, under the pretext that they threaten national security, stirring controversy among Shiites in Egypt.

Egypt has banned Shiite websites and TV channels, including the website of renowned Shiite activist Ahmed Rasem al-Nafis, in an attempt to prevent any exploitation of religious ideologies to achieve political gains.

The Cairo Administrative Court decided Feb. 23 to accept the lawsuit filed by lawyer Samir Sabry in which he demanded the closure and cessation of Shiite websites and TV channels in general, and Nafis’ website in particular.

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