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Reporters Without Borders 'unblocks' website in Egypt

AFP  |  Paris 

said it had restored its website in today, exactly one year after it was blocked by the authorities.

"Access to hundreds of websites are blocked in Egypt, placing journalists in a virtual jail," the press freedom body said on its site.

"To draw attention to this censorship, and to circumvent it, (RSF) is making its own website accessible again in today."

More than 500 and NGO sites are blocked in Egypt, according to the Cairo-based

Around 100 sites -- including Al Jazeera, Arabic and -- were blocked last year, RSF said.

The sites of independent local organisations have also been blocked.

Human rights groups regularly criticise moves by to curtail free speech.

"is one side of the oppressive system that the regime wants to extend in Egypt," said Elodie Vialle, the of Reporters Without Borders' journalism and

"It entails putting journalists 'on mute' in order to make it easier to spread pro-government content.

"The other side is that the technology is used to spy on them, which in some cases is sold by European companies," added Vialle.

RSF called on "democracies to condemn the Egyptian regime's closed, censored and monitored internet model".

said it was unblocking its site through a website "mirroring" technique, which involves copying content and switching servers.

Egyptian authorities have not acknowledged or denied blocking certain sites.

In July, parliament passed a law reinforcing the state's control over the internet, including of organisations and individuals with more than 5,000 followers.

is placed 161 out of 180 countries in RSF's press freedom rankings.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 17:20 IST