TikTok Personalities Haneen Hossam, Mawada Eladhm Sentenced to 2 Years in Jail

27/07/2020

An Egyptian Economic Court has sentenced TikTok personalities Haneen Hossam and Mawada Eladhm, alongside three others, to two years in prison and fines of EGP 300,000 ($18,761) for violating family values and inciting debauchery.

The three women who were not named were also indicted for taking part in inappropriate video calls with men, in addition to possessing unauthorized and illegal software for the purpose of committing these crimes.

Cairo’s economic appeals court has set an appeal hearing for the defendants to challenge their jail sentences and fines on August 17. 

In June, the public prosecution referred the defendants to the criminal court on charges of assaulting Egyptian familial and societal values, inciting girls through direct broadcasting to commit human trafficking, posting immoral videos and encrypting their phones and social media accounts.

Hossam, who has 1.2 million followers on TikTok, was arrested on April 21 after angering Egyptians with a video posted on social media that called on girls to share their pictures on the short video sharing platform Likee and make friends in return for money.

Eladhm, who has 3.1 million followers on TikTok and 1.6 million followers on Instagram, gained fame posting lighthearted videos featuring herself dancing or lip-syncing. She was arrested on May 14 for "violating the values and principles of the family within Egyptian society." 

The Egyptian authorities have cracked down on a number of social media influencers in recent months, often charging them with violating social norms or behaving immorally.