Egyptian TikTok stars acquitted after charges of 'violating family values'

'N Egiptiese appèlhof het gevangenisstraf vir twee bekende TikTok-beïnvloeders ongedaan gemaak, in 'n opregte saak oor openbare moraliteit, state news outlet Ahram Online reported on Tuesday.

Haneen Hossam en Mawada Eladhm is aangekla “die skending van gesinswaardes en -beginsels en die opstel en bestuur van aanlynrekeninge om hierdie misdaad te pleeg.”
In Julie 2020, they were sentenced to two years in prison, en EGP beboet 300,000 (rondom $ 19,000 USD) elkeen.
They and three others involved in the case have now been acquitted, Ahram Online said.
Mawada Eladhm, who is in her early 20s, gehad het 3.1 million followers on TikTok and 1.6 miljoen volgelinge op Instagram, and gained fame for posting lip syncing and dance videos.
The charges are very vaguely worded,” her lawyer Ahmed Bahkiry aan die BBC gesê after the initial verdict was announced last year. “Prison cannot be a solution, even if some of her videos go against our social norms and traditions.
Haneen Hossam, a university student in archaeology, gehad het 1.2 million followers on TikTok, and was arrested a few days after she posted a video encouraging women to publish live videos and talk with strangers via short video sharing platform Likee.
She has denied the charges and said that her videos were been taken out of context.
Hossam’s lawyer Mahmmed Sammer told local media Youm7 that her mother fainted at news of the acquittal, while both Hossam and Eladhm shouted in joy.
Eladhm’s father, Fathy Rashad, told reporters after court that his daughter had beendevastated from oppression and sadnessand would need psychological treatment, Youm7 reported.
The other three defendants had been charged with helping one of the girls evade arrest, concealing evidence of the crime, and publishing materials to influence public opinion about the case. One was also charged with possessing illegal software to facilitate the social media activity.

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