Social media influencer Mo Selva detained for spreading rumours about death of Arish University student

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Sunday 10 Mar 2024

The Public Prosecution ordered on Saturday the detention of a popular YouTuber and TikToker using the alias Mo Selva for spreading false news regarding the death of Arish University student Naira El-Zoghby.

Mo Selva
YouTuber and TikToker using the alias Mo Selva pose for an image. Photo courtesy of Mo Selva.


On Monday, Public Prosecutor Mohamed Shawky ordered an investigation into the dissemination of false news and rumours related to the death of the 19-year-old university student on certain social media platforms.

The Public Prosecution assigned the Communication and Information Technology Sector of the Ministry of Interior to conduct technical investigations. 

They have been monitoring electronic media, including social media posts and videos, that discussed the incident to determine whether any contained false information or spread rumours that could jeopardize public security and disrupt peace.

They allege that Mo Selva disseminated, through his accounts on TikTok, YouTube, and Facebook, misleading information about the suspects, claiming they had inappropriate images of the deceased and made threatening claims.

In the first video Selva made about the incident he hinted that the suspects allegedly poisoned her after she sought help from college authorities, who refrained from assisting her due to the influence of the suspects’ families.

Consequently, the Public Prosecution ordered the arrest of the suspect.

During interrogation, he confessed to preparing and disseminating the video containing false news without verifying the accuracy of the information to gain views and followers.

He also admitted to obtaining this information from other websites.

The Public Prosecution has ordered his detention pending investigation and tasked the examining authority to continue its work to reach the administrators of the accounts that published those false news items that were monitored.

Last week the prosecution ordered the detention of a man and a woman pending investigation for their alleged involvement in blackmailing the Arish University student.

Naira, a veterinary medicine student at Arish University, reportedly ended her own life after being threatened by two of her colleagues who intended to expose personal information about her.

Additionally, the prosecution charged them with violating Naira's personal life, which is a misdemeanour.

On Saturday, the Public Prosecution announced reopening their investigation into the death of El-Zoghby, ordering her body exhumed for autopsy nearly six days after she was buried.

The decision was taken following media and social media reports that the young woman might have been a victim of blackmail by two of her colleagues, according to a statement by the prosecution

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