Sama El-Masry Wiki – Biography
On 27 June 2020, she was sentenced to three years in prison and fined 300,000 Egyptian pounds ($18,500) for inciting debauchery and immorality as part of an investigation into videos and photos on social media, including the popular video-sharing platform TikTok, according to Al Jazeera. El-Masry denied the accusations, saying the content was stolen and shared from her phone without consent.
Cairo’s Misdemeanours Economic Court said said she had violated family principles and values in Egypt, as well as establishing, managing and using sites and accounts on social media with the aim of committing “immorality”.
John Talaat, a member of parliament who asked for legal action against el-Masry and other female TikTok participants, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation that el-Masry and the other female social media influencers were destroying family values and traditions, activities that were banned by the law and the constitution.
Several women in Egypt have previously been accused of “inciting debauchery” by challenging the country’s conservative social norms, including actress Rania Youssef after critics took against her choice of dress for the Cairo film festival in 2018.
Under Egypt’s cyber crime law issued in 2018, anyone creating and running an account on the internet to break the law can face imprisonment of at least two years and a fine of up to 300,000 Egyptian pounds. A group of female TikTok and Instagram influencers and YouTubers have been arrested by the Egyptian authorities in recent months on charges of promoting debauchery and prostitution on social media.
Talaat said those influencers were expected to face the same prison terms as el-Masry as they had committed the same crime. The Egyptian government was not available for immediate comment.
Entessar el-Saeed, a women rights lawyer and head of the Cairo Center for Development and Law, said women are the only category targeted by the authorities according to this law.
“Our conservative society is struggling with technological changes, which have created a completely different environment and mindsets,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Sama El-Masry Age
Sama El-Masry was born on 8 February 1978, in Hihya, Al Sharqia, Egypt as Samia Ahmed Attia Abdel Rahman.
El-Masry is of Egyptian nationality.