Science & Military2020-07-28
Five TikTok influencers have been jailed in Egypt for posting "indecent" videos on the social media platform.
The young women have been sentenced to two years in prison for "violating the values and principles of the Egyptian family", inciting debauchery and promoting human trafficking, according to a statement from the public prosecutor.
Haneen Hossam, 20, Mawada Eladhm, 22, and three other unnamed women were also fined 300,000 Egyptian pounds (£14,700) each.
Image: Haneen Hossam is a Cairo University student
Human rights activists say it is the latest crackdown on self-expression in the conservative country, where citizens can be jailed for crimes such as "misusing social media", "disseminating fake news" or "inciting debauchery or immorality".
Ms Hossam and Ms Eladhm shot to TikTok fame with their videos set to Egyptian pop tracks, earning them millions of followers.
In the videos, they are seen posing in cars, dancing in kitchens and joking in skits.
Cairo University student Ms Hossam was charged over encouraging young women to meet men through video app Likee and build friendships with them for a fee.
Authorities claimed the video was a promotion for young women to sell sex online.
The 20-year-old, who has about one million followers on TikTok and Instagram, was originally arrested in April and released on bail in June.
She was re-arrested after the prosecution found new evidence.
Ms Eladhm, a TikTok and Instagram influencer, was accused of publishing indecent photos and videos on social media.
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