Are porn sites in Arab countries prohibited by law?

Are porn sites in Arab countries prohibited by law

Why would an Arab member of the Muslim community want to look at porn sites on the internet? Is it forbidden by law in the Muslim world? And, if so, why?


One of the things that may lead an adult to look for pornographic material is the Internet. The Arab spring of recent years saw an upsurge in internet freedoms especially in areas such as Egypt and Tunisia. Many who supported the uprisings were quick to say that they did not want the Western world tightening its grip on the regional internet. So is there any problem with viewing pornography or within a Muslim country? Many times there is no problem with adult-oriented materials being freely viewed by people within the country. Some may have a problem with these sites, but there is nothing in the Qur'an or Sunnah which prohibit men and women from being sexually active. In the Muslim world it is not really considered as a sin for a man to have sexual intercourse with a woman.

What about within the Arab region itself? What about in Morocco? Is there a problem with seeing porn sites within Morocco? What about in Algeria? What about Algeria's laws regarding obscenity and pornography? Many people within Arab countries have a problem with the West trying to impose its values on them. They are conservative people who do not accept liberalization of their views or behavior. They also often consider pornography to be a corrupting influence and are very against it.

So, why is it that some Muslim governments and organizations forbid the viewing of porn sites on the internet? Is it because they view such sites to be pornographic in nature? If that were the case why would anyone want to visit such sites? Or is it because those who visit such sites are doing so at their own peril? Is it because they may become infected with sexually transmitted diseases? If you visit such sites, you will find that they do carry some adult content but usually in the most moderate sense of the word. There are sites within the Arab region that allow adult videos. You can easily find such sites. All you need to do is look around a bit online and you will find such porn sites.

Of course, you will never really know for sure what the reasons behind such restrictions are. For the Muslim community it can often be based upon religion or culture. But no matter what the reason is, the fact remains that there are strict rules and regulations regarding the displaying and even downloading of adult content on the web. If you are thinking about visiting such sites, then it is best that you do your homework first before you go to any Arab country. But if you do find out that the laws are against viewing adult content on the internet in Arab countries, then don't hesitate to circumvent such restrictions by finding another way to enjoy your stay. Another thing that you should know is that in Arab countries, it is considered very wrong to look at and touch pornography. So while you are planning a trip to the Arab world, do take this factor into consideration. In fact, even when you are not traveling to these countries, you should keep in mind that you shouldn't look at any adult content on the web either. There are strict laws that prohibit the doing so, and even your personal information can get you into serious trouble in many instances.

In fact, while most Arab countries make it a crime to possess adult material, this is actually a very difficult crime to enforce. The legal system in such a country is also lagging behind in terms of technology. It takes a long time to process the cases that come up in the court. Therefore, while you might think that you are accessing porn sites on the web, the reality is that you may be in serious trouble for doing so. On another note, even if the law does prohibit some sites from being accessed, it is perfectly okay to view them from the safety of your own home. This is especially true if you have the right software installed on your computer. So technically speaking, you are not breaking any laws by viewing adult content on the internet. This is in fact a double edged sword as it will be completely legal if you are accessing such sites privately, but it will be against the law to look at them publicly.

So, when someone asks "are porn sites in Arab countries illegal?" it is not an easy question to answer. You really need to take all things in context though. You certainly wouldn't want to be caught in the middle of the Arab Spring, so always use discretion when considering any travel outside your home country.

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