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Religions 2018, 9(11), 358;

Internet Censorship in Arab Countries: Religious and Moral Aspects

Laboratory for Monitoring of Sociopolitical Destabilization Risks, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow 101000, Russia
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Received: 27 October 2018 / Revised: 8 November 2018 / Accepted: 11 November 2018 / Published: 14 November 2018
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Internet censorship remains one of the most common methods of state control over the media. Reasons for filtering cyberspace include ensuring the security of the current regime, attempts to limit all kinds of opposition movements, and the protection of the religious and moral norms of society. In Arab countries, where religion plays a major role in the sociopolitical sphere, the latter is particularly important. Since, in Islamic law, there is no direct reference to censorship in practice, governments cause many resources to be filtered under various pretexts. At the same time, as the example of Egypt during the Arab spring shows, moral and religious reasons for filtering the Internet have more grounds than, say, the persecution of opposition leaders. View Full-Text
Keywords: Internet censorship; Islam; Arab spring; Qur’an; morality Internet censorship; Islam; Arab spring; Qur’an; morality

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