Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi [ABC Report] signed a cybersecurity law Saturday that allows the government broad authority to block websites while setting jail sentences and jail fines for violations.
Amnesty International described the new law [press release] as giving “the state near-total control over print, online and broadcast media.”
There is another cybersecurity law [BBC report] pending before the president, which places all twitter feeds with more than 5,000 followers under a greater amount of government scrutiny.
El-Sisi has been in power since 2013 and won an election this past spring [Bloomberg report] with 92 percent of the vote. El-Sisi ran virtually unopposed, and the turn out was at 40 percent.