Egypt has blocked several Qatar-linked online publications such as Al-Jazeera, The Huffington Post Arabic, Qatari News Agency and more. The reason given by the country's government is that the publications "fabricate news" and also incite terrorism. The list of blocked online publications also includes Egyptian publications such as Cairo Portal and Al-Mesryoon.
The move was sparked by allegedly false footage attributed to Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, where he criticizes Egypt and other North Afrikan and Middle Eastern countries. Qatar News Agency ran the footage.
Qatar has since said the footage is false and was posted by hackers.
"The Qatar News Agency website has been hacked by an unknown entity," said the Qatar Government Communications Office in a statement. It further added that "A false statement attributed to His Highness has been published."
Interestingly, Egypt's government has been direct with the block with the country's Interior Ministry not denying that they had instructed, along with communications authorities, that the block take place.
At the time of publishing, our sources in the North Afrikan country could still confirm that the online publications blocked are still inaccessible.