Sisi mandates Mahlab ban foreign publications ‘detrimental to religions’
President Sisi meets with Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab - YOUM7

CAIRO: Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab may now ban foreign publications from entering Egypt if they are deemed “detrimental to religions in a way that would disturb public peace,” according to a Tuesday presidential decree, which also banned the import of pornographic literature.

The decree comes after French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo announced that its new edition would feature Prophet Muhammad, triggering a dissenting statement from Egypt’s Dar al-Ifta, which had strongly denounced the recent Paris shootings.

The authority to ban publications falls within the jurisdiction of the President of the Republic, but Sisi extended the authority to the Prime Minister after a series of powers also given to the ministerial capacity, such as expropriating property, protecting monuments, passing compensation or subsidies, among others.

In France, Charlie Hebdo’s Wednesday edition sold out within minutes at newspaper kiosks, Reuters reported.


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