USA :Egypt: two years in prison for users on TikTok

In particular, five young Egyptian women were found guilty of undermining morality.

Videos deemed immoral

On Monday, July 27, the Cairo court sentenced to two years in prison five influencers convicted of violating good morals. This verdict was pronounced against Mawada al-Adham, Haneen hossam and three other young women, after the latter posted videos about TikTok. Videos deemed immoral by the Egyptian authorities.

The five young women will also each have to pay a fine of 300,000 Egyptian pounds (around 16,000 euros), according to a judicial source in the French press. They have the opportunity to appeal.

Mawada al-Adham and Haneen hossam were arrested in April and May respectively. The first has 1.3 million subscribers on TikTok and the second, some 2 million.

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A technological revolution underway …

Haneen hossam had posted a video in which she called on certain girls to work with her to “make money.” A call that sparked an uproar on social networks. Mawada al-Adham, meanwhile, is best known for her videos in which she parodies popular songs.

Since 2018, the Egyptian authorities have imposed strict restrictions on internet use. In the country, the penetration rate for the web is over 40% per 100 million inhabitants. “There is a technological revolution going on and lawmakers need to take it into account,” lawyer said Tarek al-Awadi.

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