Five young women have been sentenced to two years in prison by a court in Egypt for uploading “indecent images” on the TikTok video-sharing app.
About CHF 17.880.50 was fined for the women – not all called.
The jail sentences are the first to be issued by a court during an anti-social media campaign by the authorities.
Activists have launched an online campaign to demand that the detainees be released.
“Mawada and Haneen Hossam and three other people were convicted by the Economic Court of Cairo and fined per Egyptian Pfund 300,000, respectively,” reports the State owned al-Ahram. Reporters Without Borders.
“They are accused of breaching Egyptian society standards and ideals and of uploading extraordinary images and videos that threaten public morality,” al-Ahram says.
The three non-named women were also charged with improper video calls.
It is the first sentence of a court levied in Egypt against women influencers of social media after a series of recently arrests of the most commonly held TikTok-family members.