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Cyber surfers suffer disruption in Egypt

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Cyber surfers suffer disruption in Egypt


Despite the government’s insistence it respects freedom of expression, phone, internet and social network users in Egypt say service is far from normal.

Euronews managed to contact one activist in Cairo by phone – but encountered severe difficulty in doing so.

“From the first day there was interference with all telephone networks,” said Ahmed Abdel-Jawad from the El-Ghad Party.

“Internet access was also disrupted. I can tell you that access to sites like Twitter is limited and it is very difficult to access mailboxes and extremely difficult to get onto Facebook.”

Services like Twitter and Facebook were widely used by protesters in Tunisia in the campaign that brought down President Ben Ali.

Government efforts there to clamp down on the flow of information had little effect.

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