Egypt arrests another TikTok influencer as crackdown on social media continues – Middle East Monitor

Egyptian authorities have arrested another TikTok influencer after a lawyer accused her of prostitution.

Ashraf Farhat said Manar Samy was sharing immoral videos with the aim of attracting attention and earning money.

“Here is the ‘immoral video.’ Nothing immoral about it at all,” wrote former state TELEVISION broadcaster Shahira Amin on Twitter.

The video she shared shows Manar dancing on a beach with her dog with pop music playing in the backdrop.

Manar’s detention is the latest in a string of immorality arrests targeting women as the main Egyptian regime’s crackdown on social media.

On Saturday a high-profile belly dancer, Sama el-Masry, was sentenced to three years in prison and given a 300,000 Egyptian pound ($18,500) fine on charges of debauchery and immorality.

She was arrested in April for videos and photos she had posted on social media that the public prosecutor said were sexually suggestive.

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The Cairo Misdemeanours Economic Court said she had violated family values and maxims, a popular charge levelled against social media influencers.

In May, influencer Mowada Al-Adham was arrested for violating family values. The same month, a new woman who appeared on the web with a swollen and bruised face to tell how she was raped by her friend was arrested by security forces.

Menna recounted how her friend Mazen Ibrahim raped her, stole her phone after which photographed her, whilst being helped by three other women.

TikTok star Haneen Hossam was arrested in April on charges of promoting prostitution after telling her followers steps to make money on TikTok. She was released on bail after which rearrested this month.

Egyptians under President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi are witnessing an unprecedented crackdown for many alleged offences. Women, have been largely left alone and seen as a red line under previous administrations, have also been rounded up and imprisoned.