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In Egypt, how does an anti-cybercrime law be considered repression?

CAIRO – 18 August 2018: On Saturday, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi ratified an anti-cybrecrime law that allows authorities, through a judge, to order the blocking of websites that constitute a threat to the state or publish fake news as well as jail or fine those who run them.
The law imposes jail terms of up to five years and fines ranging between EGP 10,000 and EGP 20 million ($560 and $1.1m).
Fake news are news stories that appear to contain factual information, but are actually false.
According to the law, people whose social media accounts have more than 5,000 followers could be placed under supervision.
The law authorizes authorities to suspend or block any personal account which publishes or broadcasts fake news or anything (information) inciting violating the law, violence or hatred .
The danger of fake news nowadays lies in their ability to spread rapidly over the internet through social media platforms and websites of high traffic.
According to the Guardian, Russia-backed content reached as many as 126 million Americans on Facebook during and after the 2016 presidential election.
Facebook believes 120 fake Russian-backed pages created 80,000 posts that were received by 29 million Americans directly.
Moreover, in Apr. 2018, the Financial Times reported that Brussels is preparing to crack down on social media companies who have been accused of spreading fake news, issuing a stark warning that scandals such as the Facebook data leak threaten to subvert our democratic systems .
Sir Julian King, European commissioner for security, is demanding a clear game plan for how social media companies can operate during sensitive election periods.
Egypt has been attempting to achieve a breakthrough in this field and by implementing a set of procedures.
In March 2018, Egypt’s Public prosecution announced the launch of a new hotline for citizens to gather complaints of “fake” news that is published in traditional media outlets or digital media plat

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