The TikTok application on a phone. (EFE Agency)
Cairo – An Egyptian court today sentenced two women to six years in jail and a fine of 100,000 Egyptian pounds (more than $ 6,000) for, according to the prosecution, “inciting prostitution” and “violating the values of family and society ”for the videos they posted on the popular TikTok app.
The state newspaper Al Ahram and other local media reported today that the Cairo Economic Crimes Court sentenced Sherifa Rafat and her daughter Nora Hisham, known by the nicknames Sherry Hanem and Zamorroda on social media.
The two were arrested last June and accused by the Egyptian General Prosecutor's Office of “violating the values of the family and society” of Egypt and distributing photos and videos through social networks that “offend modesty” and “incite prostitution ”, among other crimes.
They both had accounts on TikTok and YouTube, where they posted videos separately or together, and had tens of thousands of followers in Egypt, a country of 100 million people.
In the past months, several women of different ages have been sentenced to prison terms and paying heavy fines for similar crimes committed on the internet, which is severely monitored by the Egyptian authorities.
The condemned are known as “the TikTok girls”, some of them being famous and influential figures.
A part of the public opinion defends his imprisonment, while human rights groups see in his persecution a greater restriction on freedom of expression and greater control of women.
The Government of Egyptian President Abdelfatah al Sisi, has increasingly closed the spaces to express themselves in the country, both on the streets and on the internet, where many young people have sought in recent years a refuge for their political or cultural activities.