Egypt court jails belly dancer for ‘debauchery’ over TikTok post

A high-profile Egyptian belly-dancer, Sama el-Masry has been sentenced to three years in prison and fined 300,000 Egyptian pounds ($18,500) for inciting debauchery and immorality as part of a crackdown on social media postings.

El-Masry was arrested in April during an investigation into videos and photos on social media, including the popular video-sharing platform TikTok, that the public prosecution described as sexually suggestive.

The dancer, 42, denied the accusations, saying the content was stolen and shared from her phone without consent.

Cairo’s Misdemeanours Economic Court on Saturday said she had violated family principles and values in Egypt, as well as establishing, managing and using sites and accounts on social media with the aim of committing “immorality”.

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