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Egypt jails female influencer for 3 years for ‘inciting debauchery’ with her TikTok dance videos

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Manar Samy has been sentenced to three years imprisonment in Egypt. It is the latest in a string of such rulings against popular social media users. Samy was arrested in July on charges of ‘inciting debauchery’ and ‘immorality’.

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Egypt jails female influencer for three years

An Egyptian court Wednesday jailed the sixth woman in a week over TikTok videos, deeming the clips in which she dances and lip-syncs to popular songs to be ‘inciting debauchery’, a judicial source said.

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The sentencing of Manar Samy to three years imprisonment is the latest in a string of such rulings against popular female social media users in Egypt over content posted to the image-sharing apps Tik Tok and Instagram.

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Samy was arrested earlier in July on charges of ‘inciting debauchery, immorality and stirring up instincts’ through her online videos, according to a prosecution statement.

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Prosecutors found her videos — in which she dances and lip-syncs to popular music — to be ‘offensive to public decency‘ and to have been posted ‘with the aim of committing prostitution‘.

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According to the judicial source, the verdict can be appealed and “includes a fine of 300,000 Egyptian pounds (US$19,000).”

Her bail was set at 20,000 pounds, the source added.

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Samy’s lawyer Hani Basyoni later told AFP the “bail has been paid but her release could be postponed until after the Eid al-Adha holiday ends on Monday.”

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The court scheduled an appeal hearing for Aug 15, he added.

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Wednesday’s ruling came days after another court sentenced five female social media influencers, Haneen Hossam, Mowada al-Adham and three others, to two years each in jail over content posted to TikTok.

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