Readers and bloggers of the global online publishing platform, Medium, reported losing access to the website in Egypt over the past five hours via desktop and mobile app.
Reasons remain unclear but Egypt recently blocked several news websites, including MadaMasr, Daily News Egypt, Al Borsa, Al Jazeera, Huffington Post Arabic and more, for supporting terrorism and Muslim Brotherhood.
Technically, Medium is up & running with no reports about downtime or blockage in the last 24 hours across the world – The company has a number of paid customers in Egypt, so It would certainly notify them if there’s an outage like this. The only valid reason is that the website has been blocked in Egypt.
Radio Sawa Washington Correspondent, Zaid Benjamin tweeted “Reports of Egypt blocking Medium, online publishing platform, which is used by pro-Muslim Brotherhood websites to bypass government block.”
Reports of #Egypt blocking Medium, online publishing platform, which is used by pro-Muslim Brotherhood websites to bypass government block.
— Zaid Benjamin (@zaidbenjamin) June 10, 2017
— hossam bahgat (@hossambahgat) June 10, 2017
Medium users in Egypt expressed frustration over the unjustified decision, questioning the reasons behind banning websites such as Medium.
— Muhammad_Saleh; (@m_saleh_eg) June 10, 2017
— Ahmed Eltabey (@TAB3EI) June 10, 2017
— MAGED (@MagedMorsy) June 10, 2017
@Medium any idea why you were blocked in Egypt today?
— Mona Ahmed (@Monnaaahh) June 10, 2017