The State Council shakes the throne of YouTube … a timeline of the blocking dispute due to the offensive movie to the Messenger


Muhammad Napoleon

Posted in: Monday 25 January 2021 – 2:15 PM | Last update: Monday, January 25, 2021 – 2:15 PM

The famous video site “YouTube” has a special place among the pioneers of the Internet, which made it occupies second place – after the Google search engine – in the world as well as locally in Egypt in the ranking of the list of the most requested websites, according to the classification provided by the “Alexa” site that specializes in surveys. from this type.

During the recent period, and with the growing use of the Internet in Egypt, the interaction of Egyptians with the famous site has doubled, both in terms of the visual content industry or at the level of viewing, so the site is filled with hundreds of thousands of Egyptian platforms specialized in the manufacture of visual content, and it has also made its use not limited to age groups or social groups. Specific, rather, it is being used within every home and from different groups, in the manner that has made the site in most cases the first medium for viewing visual content and in a previous position on television.

With the issuance of the ruling of the Second Circuit of the Administrative Court, yesterday, to oblige the Supreme Council for Media Regulation to block electronic links uploaded to YouTube that display the film offensive to the Messenger, we are facing a new legal reality for dealing with the site that allows everyone who is harmed by the content on the site to appeal before the administrative court To oblige the Supreme Council for Media Regulation to block it, as long as such content violates the requirements of the Egyptian national security, contains pornographic materials, or is exposed to religions and religious sects in a manner that disturb public peace, or incites discrimination, violence, racism or hatred, in the manner that It would shake the throne of the famous site.

In this report, Al-Shorouk presents the timeline of the judicial dispute over blocking the website due to its display of the film that offends the Messenger, starting from the filing of the case before the Administrative Court in 2012 until yesterday’s ruling to block the movie broadcast links on the site.

September 18, 2012: –
Lawyer Mohamed Hamed Salem filed a lawsuit demanding that the authorities be obligated to block and block the YouTube website on the international information network, the Internet inside Egypt, and the consequences thereof, most notably the blocking and banning of all websites and electronic links on the Internet that display clips of the film offensive to the Messenger.

February 9, 2013: –
The issuance of the seventh circuit “investment” ruling in the Administrative Court, issued in the urgent part, to block the site for a month; Based on the website’s continuing to allow viewing and viewing of this film offensive to the Prophet, in a way that destroys all established religious beliefs, moral values ​​and public morals.

February 16, 2012: –
Human rights activists at the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression, and officials of the National Communications Regulatory Authority, filed two appeals before the Supreme Administrative Court, in which they demanded a moratorium on implementation and the cancellation of the ruling on blocking the site, based on the absence of the administrative decision, as the evaluator of the case did not grievance with the administrative authorities to push it to issue a specific decision to block the site, in addition to violating The ruling is for freedom of expression.

April 14, 2013: –
The issuance of the report of the State Commissioners Authority of the Supreme Administrative Court, recommending the abolition of the ruling on blocking YouTube and only blocking the link of a movie that offends the Messenger; In view of the total violation of freedom of thought and expression, completely blocking the site.

• June 17, 2013: –
The issuance of a judicial fatwa from the General Assembly of the Fatwa and Legislation Departments, in response to the request submitted by the Minister of Communications and Information Technology regarding how to implement the ruling issued by the Administrative Court to block the site for a month in light of technical difficulties encountered by the Ministry when implementing the judgment. In its fatwa, the General Assembly concluded that it was useless to express an opinion on how to implement the judgment, based on the fact that the judgment is suspended due to the fact that it was questioned before the court that issued it.

26 May 2018: –
The Supreme Administrative Court issued a ruling rejecting the appeals of the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE) and the National Communications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) and endorsing the blocking of YouTube for a month for allowing the showing of a film offensive to the Messenger Based on the fact that the presentation of the aforementioned film on YouTube and other websites had a great impact on domestic national security, as some seditious enemies of the homeland took advantage of presenting this film to nurture hateful sectarianism and strike national unity in killing to undermine the unity and safety of the homeland and the citizens .

January 24, 2021: –
The new ruling issued by the Second Circuit of the Administrative Court of the Administrative Judiciary with a “substantive split” session to oblige the Supreme Council for Media Regulation to block electronic links uploaded to YouTube that display the film offensive to the Messenger, based on the fact that offending the messengers and prophets is not a matter of freedom of expression, and it is absolutely impermissible. That the requirements of exercising this freedom take precedence over the necessities of preserving the tenets of religions and the reverence of their symbols.

The ruling was issued by Counselor Fathi Ibrahim Tawfiq, Vice President of the State Council, and the membership of Advisors Raafat Muhammad Abdel Hamid, and Ahmed Jalal Zaki, Vice President of the State Council, and in the presence of Counselor George Farouk Salama, Commissioner of State,


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