A popular Egyptian belly dancer has been sentenced to prison for posting sexy videos on TikTok.
According to The New York Post, Sama el Masry, 42, was arrested in April for committing “immorality” and inciting debauchery after posting “sexually suggestive” videos. She was then sentenced to three years in prison and fined 300,000 Egyptian pounds by Cairo’s Misdemeanours Economic Court.
However, the dancer has denied uploading the content to the social media app. Instead, she told officials that the videos were stolen from her phone and posted without her permission.
” There is a huge difference between freedom and debauchery,” John Talaat, a member of the parliament who called for legal action against the dancer and other TikTokers, said. Talaat explained that the women were destroying family principals and traditions, according to Reuters, which are banned by law and constitution in Egypt.
However, women’s rights experts say that only women are targeted by the country’s cybercrime law that led to el-Masry’s arrest. “Our conservative society is struggling with technological changes which have created a completely different environment and mindsets,” Entessar el-Saeed of Cairo said.
El-Masry said she will appeal the ruling.