Did The Egyptian Internet Shutdown Violate Human Rights?

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CAIRO-After the Egyptian government shut down the internet last week, several journalists are claiming the government violated human rights. The Arzino Daily Wildcat reports:

We’ve seen in the past how important the Internet is as a medium of communication in mass demonstrations of this kind. During the Iranian “Green Revolution” of 2009, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites helped rally international support for the movement and played a pivotal role in the mobilization effort.

But not even Tehran forced the country’s service providers to shut down all connections to the Internet.

Communication is fundamental to human existence. The Egyptian government’s attempt to silence its people during the last few days by barring Internet access is an affront to democracy and a testament to the regime’s blatant disregard for human rights.

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