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Egyptian university investigates professor after dancing video goes viral

The video and photos sparked controversy in the country, with many describing her behaviour as 'inappropriate' for a university professor. Others defended the professor, saying it is a matter of personal freedom

Mahmoud Aziz , Wednesday 5 Apr 2017
Mona Prince
Egypt's Suez Canal University Professor Mona Prince (Photo: Ahram)
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Egypt's Suez Canal University has decided to investigate English literature professor Mona Prince after personal images of her – including a two-minute video of her dancing on the roof of her home – went viral on social media on Tuesday. 

The video and photos sparked controversy in the country, with many describing her behaviour as "inappropriate" for a university professor, Others defended the professor, saying it is a matter of personal freedom.

Professor Prince told Ahram Online on Wednesday that she has not received an official notice from the university regarding an investigation.

However, the university president said in a TV interview that the decision to investigate came after the university received many complaints that Prince violated academic principles when she posted the images, which included photos of her in a revealing swimsuit and drinking alcohol.

Hany Abu Zeid, a Facebook user who grabbed the professor's videos and photos and shared them on his page, said that the professor publically shared the material on her Facebook page. 

Prince said "I do not know this man – who claims to be a journalist – either from social media or in person. He was probably pushed by someone else to defame me."

The professor defended her behaviour, saying it is a matter of personal freedom that harms no one, and called on the Egyptian community to consider discussing topics of more importance like health and education, instead of "a common citizen dancing at her home."

She added that she is ready to sue anyone who shared her photos and videos with the aim of to defaming her, since she shared this material on her private Facebook page a long time ago. 

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