Press and military personnel protection laws approved Fattah al-Sisi's government advocates greater control over social media

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Parliament has just passed new legislation that will enable the government to exercise greater control over the press

According to the new law, a blog or news site with more than 5,000 followers is now considered an information channel - and, as such, it is covered by the new legislation.

Government critics say that the purpose of the new law is to control the media and prevent the dissemination of speeches and information conveyed by dissident political forces.

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