An Egyptian court on Monday sentenced five young women to two years in pr!son each for posting “ind-ecent videos” on the video-sharing app TikTok.
Social media influencers Haneen Hossam, Mowada al-Adham, and three other women, who weren’t publicly identified, were found gu!lty of promoting imm*rality and “vi*lating public morals,” Agence France-Presse reported.
Hossam is a 20-year-old Cairo University student who has about one million followers on TikTok and Instagram.
She was arr*sted in April after posting a clip explaining how girls could earn money by working with her to broadcast videos — which authorities interp*eted as promotion for young women to sell s*x online, according to the South China Morning Post.
Authorities arr*sted Adham in May after she posted sat!rical videos on TikTok and Instagram, where she has at least two million followers.
The three other women were cha*ged with helping Hossam and Al-Adham manage their social media accounts.The sentences, which can still be appealed, also included a $19,000 f!ne for each of the women.
Their lawyer Ahmed Hamza al-Bahqiry said the women were also facing separate cha*ges over the sources of their funds.
Egypt, a conservative Musl!m nation, has been cra*king down on female singers and dancers over online content it de-ems too suggestive.Women’s rights lawyer Intissar Al-Saeed said the recent verdict was “sho*king but expected.”
“It is still a dan*erous indicator…,” the attorney told AFP. “Regardless of the div*rgent views on the content presented by the girls on TikTok, it still is not a reason for impr!sonment.”
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