Egyptian belly-dancer jailed for ‘debauchery’ in TikTok video


Sama el-Masry has been jailed for three years and fined £15,000 after a court ruled she incited “debauchery” and “immorality” in a TikTok video

Cairo: An Egyptian belly-dancer has been jailed for three years after a court ruled she incited “debauchery” in a TikTok video.

Sama el-Masry was also fined £15,000 (300,000 Egyptian pounds) on Saturday as part of a crackdown on social media posts.

The dancer, 42, was arrested in April during an investigation into videos and photos shared online that prosecutors described as “sexually suggestive”.

She denied the accusations, saying the content was stolen and shared from her phone without consent.

But Cairo’s Misdemeanors Economic Court on Saturday said she had violated family principles and values, and used social media sites and accounts with the aim of committing “immorality”.

Several women in Egypt have previously been accused of “inciting debauchery” when challenging the country’s conservative social norms.

This includes actress Rania Youseff, after critics took against her choice of dress for the Cairo Film Festival in 2018.

In the same year, Egypt adopted a cyber-crime law giving the government full authority to censor the internet and exercise communication surveillance.

The law carries penalties of minimum imprisonment of two years and a fine of up to 300,000 Egyptian pounds.


Courtesy: Daily Mirror, London

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