Five young women from Egypt have been sentenced to two years in prison for posting “indecent videos” on the popular video-sharing social media TikTok. Additionally, the women have been fined almost $19,000.
Authorities in Egypt have started off a campaign against social media influencers, and these are the first jail sentences to have been issued by a court. Activists have since risen an online campaign in response to the jailing of the young women, and they demand for them to be released.
According to a statement from the public prosecutor, the young women have been sentenced for “violating the values and principles of the Egyptian family”, inciting debauchery and promoting indecent values.
The 22-year-old Mawada Eladhm, 20-year-old Haneen Hossam, and three other young women that remain unnamed were also fined $19,000 (300,000 Egyptian pounds) each.
The state-owned website Al-Ahram reports that the Economic Court in Cairo sentenced the women to two years in prison because they’re accused of violating the values and principles of Egyptian society and posting indecent photos and videos that are disturbing to public morals.
Additionally, the three women that remain unnamed were also accused of participating in inappropriate video calls with men.
Adham was arrested back in May for posting satirical videos on TikTok and Instagram, and Hossam was arrested a month earlier for posting a clip in which she told her followers that girls could make money by working with her.