Egypt’s TikTok Crackdown and “Family Values”

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy

Author(s): Basil El-Dabh

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This past month, the Economic Court in Cairo sentenced two women, Haneen Hossam and Mawada al-Adham, to two years in prison and a fine of 300,000 Egyptian pounds ($18,750) each, on charges of “violating family values and principles.” In a subsequent ruling, Manar Samy was sentenced to three years imprisonment and the same fine; the judge also set a bail of 20,000 Egyptian pounds ($1,250) to suspend her sentence pending appeal. All three women were prominent users of the social media platform TikTok—Hossam, 20, has almost one million followers, al-Adham currently has 3.2 million, and Samy has more than 185,000.

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