High-profile Egyptian belly dancer Sama el-Masry was sentenced to three years in prison on Saturday after prosecutors told TikTok that they had sexually sexually suggestive videos.
42-year-old El-Masry was arrested in April and accused of provoking immorality and “immorality” by sharing content.
However, the dancer refused to upload the videos to the social media platform, telling the authorities that the content was stolen from his phone and sent by someone else without his consent.
John Talaat, a deputy requesting legal action against El-Masry and other female TikTok users, told Reuters that the dancer and other female social media influencers have destroyed family values and traditions.
“There is a big difference between freedom and debauchery,” Talaat said.
El-Masry said he would appeal the sentence.
Entessar el-Saeed, a women’s right lawyer in Cairo, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation that only women are targeted by Egypt’s 2018 cybercrime law, in which El-Masry was charged.
“Our conservative society is struggling with technological changes that create a completely different environment and mentality,” said El-Saeed.
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