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Last Updated : Aug 04, 2020 03:41 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

At least six Egyptian women imprisoned for posting videos on Tiktok, here's why

The legal framework is based on cybercrime law especially two articles that are related to violating Egyptian family values

At least Six Egyptian women were convicted a week after sharing videos on social media platform TikTok that were "inciting debauchery", DW News reported.

Manar S, was one of the women who got three years in prison and a fine of 16,000 euros for publishing indecent content. Another TikTok star Haneen H, also found herself convicted after she was found encouraging women online to meet up with men.

Speaking to DW News, Dina Wahba Egyptian Scholar and Activist said, "We don't understand what prompted this heavy crackdown on women and social media influencers," adding that Egyptian women face all kinds of violence and online bullying, and this now opens up space for legal persecution.

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The women can still appeal their sentences. Previously, convictions against bellydancers and actresses took place where individuals were the ones filing these cases. However more recently, the vice police were instructed to investigate from the Minister of the Interior and produce these cases to court, said Wahba.

She also said that, the legal framework is based on cybercrime law especially, two articles that are related to violating Egyptian family values. In this case, it's very open to interpretation and open to use to target women anytime.
First Published on Aug 4, 2020 03:41 pm
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