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Egypt mulls blocking ‘terror-linked’ websites: report

It is not clear what criteria the committee will follow to determine whether a website’s content relates to ‘terrorism’

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Egypt’s Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab is setting up a committee to look into ways of blocking terror-related websites, Al Ahram Online reported, quoting a Cabinet spokesperson as saying on Tuesday.

Hossam Kawish told the daily that recommendations by the committee would assist courts to issue verdicts to remove any online content linked to “terrorism.”

Kawish said the committee, which will be headed by Justice Minister Mahfouz Saber, would be meeting in the coming days. The committee will also comprise of representatives from the interior, foreign affairs, military production and communications ministries.

It is not clear what criteria the committee will follow to determine whether a website’s content relates to "terrorism,” Kawish said.

Earlier this month, Egypt urged the international community to “monitor extremist websites that incite violence and terrorism, and to halt broadcasting channels linked to the Muslim Brotherhood."

The formation of the committee comes a day after Egypt retaliated against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Libya after the militant group executed 21 members of Egypt’s Coptic community.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Tuesday urged the U.N. Security Council to adopt a resolution allowing for an international military intervention in troubled Libya.