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Egyptian court orders two female TikTok stars be freed from jail

Egyptian court orders two female TikTok stars be freed from jail

MENNA A FAROUK AN Egyptian court has ruled in favour of two female TikTok stars who were jailed last year for accounts that were found to violate family morals and for posting indecent videos. Social media influencer Haneen Hossam, 20, was acquitted after being jailed for encouraging women to broadcast videos in exchange for money, while Mawada Eladham's two-year sentence for publishing indecent photos and videos was cancelled. Hossam's lawyer Hussein El Bakar told the Thomson Reuters Foundation that the TikTok star, who is a student at Cairo University, fainted on hearing the verdict. "Haneen went through a lot of…
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Cameroonian LGBT activist champions imprisoned transgender women

Cameroonian LGBT activist champions imprisoned transgender women

CHRISTOPHE VAN DER PERRE and JOSIANE KOUAGHEU COMING from Cameroon where letting it be known that she was a lesbian could lead to prison time, activist and social media influencer Bandy Kiki struggled to adjust to her newfound safety after emigrating to Britain a decade ago. Homosexuality is a criminal offence in Cameroon, punishable by up to five years in prison. "I kept thinking, 'Aren't the police going to show up and arrest everybody?'" she said about gatherings she would attend with members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in Manchester. "My friends kept saying, 'Kiki, it's…
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