Issuing the press and media regulation law

Days after passing of the anti-cybercrime law, President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi ratified the press and media regulation law (this law also regulates the formation of the Supreme Council for Media Regulation). The law gives the Council the jurisdiction to block news websites in case they had no valid license. The Council can also block any personal website, blog, or electronic account whose followers are 5,000 persons or more “if it published or broadcast false news, incited violence, hatred and disobey to the law, or called for discrimination between citizens, or approves racism and called for fanaticism or insulted individuals or represented an insult to heavenly religions or religious dogmas”. On 16 February 2020, the prime minister issued the executive regulations of the law.