Egyptian TikToker sentenced to 3 years for 'inciting immorality and debauchery'

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Wednesday 29 Jul 2020

A TikTok logo is displayed on a smartphone (Photo: Reuters)
A TikTok logo is displayed on a smartphone (Photo: Reuters)

An Egyptian economic court sentenced on Wednesday TikTok influencer Manar Samy, who has an active account on the video-sharing platform, to three years in prison and fined her EGP 300,000 ($18,000) for "inciting immorality and debauchery."

The defendant can pay EGP 20,000 ($1,200) to have the sentence suspended until the sentence is appealed.

On 1 July, Samy and another person were arrested with a weapon and drugs in their possession, according to authorities.

The arrest warrant against Manar was issued after a lawyer filed a case against her where he described her lip-syncing and dancing videos as "indecent" and aiming to “attract attention and earn money.”

Wednesday's ruling comes one day after two other TikTok influencers, Haneen Hossam and Mawada Eladhm, were sentenced two years in prison and fined EGP 300,000 ($18,000) for “violating family values and principles.”

Samy, who has around 200.000 followers on the social media app, used to post videos dancing and singing in a manner many in the conservative country describe as a "suggestive or inappropriate."

Video-sharing platforms like TikTok have been gaining negative attention in Egypt in recent years, with content creators being condemned for making daring videos deemed daring or audacious.

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