Banned books and other forms of censorship

On the banning of books, censorship and other freedom of access issues

Friday, September 29, 2006

Two European newspapers banned in Egypt

Egypt has banned editions of the French newspaper Le Figaro and the German Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung because they both carried op-ed pieces critical of Islam and describing violence in its history. The decree was issued by Information Minister Anas el-Feki, who said "he would not allow any publication that insults the Islamic religion or calls for hatred or contempt of any religion to be distributed inside Egypt." Index on Censorship notes "a similar ban is now in place in Tunisia and most Muslim states are expected to follow suit."

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