SOCIAL MEDIA | Egypt Jails Five Women Influencer Over TikTok Posts

CAIRO – An Egyptian court sentenced five female social media influencers to two years each in prison on Monday 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 friendship with them, receiving a fee according to the number of followers watching these chats.

Mawada al-Adham, a TikTok and Instagram influencer with at least 2 million followers, was accused of publishing indecent photos and videos on social media.

The three other women were charged with helping Hossam and Al-Adham manage their social media accounts, according to the public prosecution.

Al-Adham’s lawyer Ahmed el-Bahkeri confirmed the sentences and said they would appeal the verdict.

Several women in Egypt have previously been accused of ‘inciting debauchery’ by challenging the country’s conservative social norms, but this battle has moved online as the use of social media by young Egyptians surges.

Cairo’s Misdemeanours Economic Court last month jailed high-profile Egyptian belly-dancer Sama El-Masry for three years for inciting debauchery and immorality as part of a crackdown on social media.

Hossam, who has about one million followers on TikTok and Instagram, was arrested in April after publishing a video clip described by the public prosecution as ‘indecent’.

In a now-expired video on Instagram she explained how women could with her to earn up to US$3,000 by broadcasting videos in exchange for money using Singapore-based video creation platform Likee owned by China’s Joyy Inc.

Her message was intercepted by authorities as a promotion for young women to sell sex online, with the public prosecutor saying her actions took advantage of the poor financial state of young women and minors.

A court released her on bail in June but she was re-arrested after the prosecution found new evidence.

Al-Adham was arrested in May over videos posted on TikTok and Instagram.

Human rights activists and social media users launched a digital campaign this month demanding Egyptian authorities release the women, calling the arrests a ‘violation of freedom of opinion and expression’.

Meanwhile Egyptian parliamentarians demanded the government  suspended the video sharing TikTok app in Egypt, saying it promoted nudity and immorality.

Nehad Abu El Komsan, head of the Egyptian Center for Women Rights, said she had reservations over the phrase ‘violating family values and principles’ but she viewed human trafficking and exploiting young girls for money as a ‘horrible crime’.

‘We have to differentiate between freedom of expression and using minors to generate money’, she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation .

‘In this way, it is called human trafficking and prostitution which are banned by the Egyptian law’.

Under Egypt’s cyber crime law issued in 2018, anyone creating and running an account on the internet to commit a crime faces at least two years in jail and a fine up to 300,000 Egyptian pounds.


UK’s Prince Philip, 99, Moves Hospital For Heart Tests

Britain’s Prince Philip, the 99-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth, was transferred to a different hospital in central London on Monday to have test for a pre-existing heart condition and receive treatment for an infection. Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, was admitted to London’s private King Edward VII hospital two weeks ago for treatment for an … More UK’s Prince Philip, 99, Moves Hospital For Heart Tests

Blinken Calls On Yemen’s Houthis To Match Saudi, Yemen Go’vt Commitment To End War

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday that Saudi Arabia and the government of Yemen are ‘committed and eager’ to find a way to end the war in Yemen and called on the Houthi group to do the same. Speaking after a visit to the region by his Yemen envoy Tim Lenderking, Blinken … More Blinken Calls On Yemen’s Houthis To Match Saudi, Yemen Go’vt Commitment To End War

Saudi Plans To Order 70 Jets From Airbus, Boeing Jets, Says Report

State – owned Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA) plans to order 70 airliners from Airbus and Boeing, Saudi news outlet Maaal reported on Monday, citing unidentified sources. Saudia is in talks with local banks to raise 11.5 billion riyals ($3.07 billion) to partly finance an order for Airbus A321 narrow – bodied jets and Boeing 777 … More Saudi Plans To Order 70 Jets From Airbus, Boeing Jets, Says Report

Saudi Arabia’s Inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival Unveils New Dates

Saudi Arabia’s inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival has confirmed it will take place in November in Jeddah after it was postponed last March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to organizers. ‘The 1st edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival will take place from the 11th to the 20th of November 2021 in … More Saudi Arabia’s Inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival Unveils New Dates

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Attends Formula E Race In Diriyah

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is attending the final race Formula E’s seventh season double – header event in Saudi Arabia’s Diriyah on Saturday. Attendees in the crowd can be heard shouting well wishes to the Crown Prince, who recently left hospital following a successful to treat appendicitis. Saudi Arabia is currently hosting … More Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Attends Formula E Race In Diriyah

Saudi Crown Prince Receives Phone Call From Iraqi PM

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed his current health situation in a phone call with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al – Kadhimi, state news agency SPA reported. The Crown Prince further thanked Al – Kadhimi for his concerns. The Crown Prince underwent a successful surgical procedure on Wednesday morning to treat appendicitis at … More Saudi Crown Prince Receives Phone Call From Iraqi PM

Loading…

Something went wrong. Please refresh the page and/or try again.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s