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Egypt court jails belly dancer for ‘debauchery’ in social media crackdown

Egypt court jails belly dancer for ‘debauchery’ in social media crackdown

MENNA A FAROUK A HIGH-profile Egyptian belly-dancer, Sama el-Masry, has been sentenced to three years in prison and fined 300,000 Egyptian pounds ($18,500) for inciting debauchery and immorality as part of a crackdown on social media postings. El-Masry was arrested in April during an investigation into videos and photos on social media, including the popular video-sharing platform TikTok, that the public prosecution described as sexually suggestive. The dancer, 42, denied the accusations, saying the content was stolen and shared from her phone without consent. Cairo's Misdemeanours Economic Court said she had violated family principles and values ​​in Egypt as well…
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Egypt‌ ‌jails‌ ‌five‌ ‌women influencers‌ ‌over‌ ‌TikTok‌ ‌posts‌

Egypt‌ ‌jails‌ ‌five‌ ‌women influencers‌ ‌over‌ ‌TikTok‌ ‌posts‌

MENNA A FAROUK AN Egyptian court has sentenced five female social media influencers to two years each in prison after finding them guilty of promoting immorality and human trafficking by encouraging women to make money building social media followings. The women, who were also fined 300,000 Egyptian pounds ($19,000), were accused of running online accounts that violated the values ​​and principles of Egypt, a conservative Muslim nation. Haneen Hossam, 20, a Cairo University student, was charged over encouraging young women to meet men through a video app and build friendships with them, receiving a fee according to the number of…
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Why some governments fear even teens on TikTok

Why some governments fear even teens on TikTok

CHRIS BARKER, Assistant Professor of Political Science, American University in Cairo IN Egypt, teenager Menna Abdel Aziz used social media to ask for protection after a sexual assault. She was arrested on a variety of charges, including misusing social media and corrupting family values. Two young women, Haneen Hossam, with 915,000 TikTok followers, and Mawada Eladhm, with 3.1 million TikTok followers, were also arrested for their social influencing videos. Renad Imad, another social media influencer, was arrested after allegations of posting indecent content and prostitution. In late June, belly dancer Sama El-Masry was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for posts…
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