Five women considered “influencers” of social networks were sentenced by an Egyptian court to two years in jail for violating public morals and family values, advances The Guardian and Egypcian Streets. Haneen Hossam, Mowada al-Adham and three other women shared videos on social media and were therefore also ordered to pay a fine of around 16,000 euros. They can all appeal against the decision.
Hossam, a student in Cairo, was arrested on April 21 after having published a three-minute video in which she tells her 1.3 million followers that women can earn money if they work with her. Adham was detained on May 14, after posting several satirical videos on TikTok and Instagram where she gathers two million followers
The lawyer representing them, Ahmed Hamza al-Bahqiry, recalls that they all face autonomous lawsuits in a deeply conservative Muslim country.
Today, Egypt’s Economic Crt sentenced TikTok users Haneen Hossam and Mawada al-Adham & 3 others to 2 yrs in prison & an LE 300k fine for encroaching on family values.
Since April, ~10 female TikTok users have been detained or prosecuted by authorities https://t.co/COXqD72FJj pic.twitter.com/Eplj2eS03U
– Mai El-Sadany (@maitelsadany) July 27, 2020
Proceedings for violating moral values have multiplied as the Egyptian authorities have come to increasingly control networks, to block sites that they think may jeopardize national security and to monitor all accounts with more than 5,000 followers. Since April, ten women have already been detained for using the social network TikTok
The other three arrests were those of Mohamed Abdel Hamid Zaki and Mohamed Alaa El-Din Moussa, who are accused of helping Hossam to disseminate his video, and Ahmed Sameh Attia accused of having illegal computer material.