Egypt has banned at least 62 websites since it began a crackdown on online media more than two weeks ago, a local rights group has said. The Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE), which has been tracking affected sites since May 24, described the latest move as a "clear attack on the media".
The decision to ban the 21 websites came ahead of a decision by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt to sever diplomatic relations with Qatar and install an air, land and a sea blockade.
Lina Atallah, the editor of Mada Masr, told the Reuters news agency: "If they did something more grave like arresting team members or me it would make big noise, whereas blocking the website is the best way to paralyse us without paying a high price for it."
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