Sama el-Masry, a well-known Egyptian belly dancer, was sentenced to three years in prison and fined 300,000 Egyptian pounds (six million forints) for posting seductive images of herself on social media that the court found fit for violating family values.
El-Masry was arrested back in April after posting sexually explicit images and videos on Tiktok and other social media platforms. The dancer denies the allegations and claims that the pictures and videos were stolen from his phone and posted on the internet without his knowledge and consent.
The court did not accept her defense and ruled that the woman’s actions violated not only family principles but also Egyptian values and operated sites on the internet designed to encourage immorality.
Action against belly dancers is part of the regulation of female influenza, which is becoming more successful in Egyptian social media and posting sexually explicit content. Proponents of the campaign say the destruction of family values and traditions in Egypt is prohibited by law and the constitution, and the flu is doing just that.
In Egypt, an anti-cybercrime law was passed in 2018 that gives virtually unlimited power to the government to censor information disseminated online and monitor communications. In this sense, in recent months, many online female a celebrity was arrested in the country on charges of propagating immorality. Men were not arrested for the same.