The two young users of TikTok were sentenced last July for “undermining public morals”.
An Egyptian appeals court acquitted two young women jailed for “undermining the values of society” for videos they posted on TikTok.
The women were sentenced to two years in prison last July for “undermining public morals”.
“The appeals court accepted the appeal filed by Haneen Hossam and Mawada al-Adham against their imprisonment … for inciting debauchery and undermining the values of society,” a court official said on Tuesday, asking not to to be named.
Hossam, 20, was acquitted after being jailed for encouraging women among her 1.3 million subscribers to broadcast videos in exchange for money, while Al-Adham’s two-year sentence for having posted indecent photos and videos has been canceled.
Hossam’s attorney, Hussein El Bakar, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation that his client, a student at Cairo University, fainted after hearing the verdict.
“Haneen has been under a lot of psychological pressure as a result of her detention over the past nine months,” he said, adding that Hossam would be released despite still being charged with human trafficking with no date set for her release. decision.
Several women have been accused of “inciting debauchery” by challenging Egypt’s conservative social values, and the battle has moved online as the use of social media by young Egyptians increases.
Last year, Egyptian parliamentarians called on the government to suspend TikTok in the country, saying it encouraged nudity and immorality.
Under Egypt’s 2018 Cybercrime Law, anyone who manages an Internet account to commit a crime faces at least two years in prison and a fine of up to 300,000 Egyptian pounds ($ 19,206).
Two men who had been jailed for handling women’s social media accounts were also acquitted on Tuesday, while a third was found guilty of managing al-Adham’s accounts and fined.
The court kept intact the fine al-Adham was ordered to pay last year.