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Digital Campaign Supports TikTok Women Arrested Over ‘Egyptian Family Values’ Law

July 15, 2020

On Monday night, activists in Egypt launched a digital campaign demanding the immediate release of all women arrested on debauchery charges. Over the past few months, Egyptian prosecutors have ordered the detention of 9 women TikTokers under provisions of the country’s controversial 2018 cyber crime law, which criminalizes acts that violate Egyptian family values. Haneen Hossam, Mawada Al Adham, Menna Abdel Aziz, Sherifa Refaat and her daughter Nora Hisham (known as Sherry Hanem and Zomorroda, respectively), Manar Samy, Renad Emad, Hadeer El Hady and Passant Mohamed are all awaiting trial on debauchery and immorality charges. In most of the aforementioned cases, authorities stated that the arrests were initially prompted by the women’s appearance, choice of dress and dance moves. مصر: اطلقوا سراح ستات التيك توك – Sign the Petition! https://t.co/RYpkIzhWs8 via @Change — Kal Naga – أبوالنجا (@kalnaga) July 13, 2020 Using the hashtags #بعد_اذن_الاسرة_المصرية (If Egyptian Families Permit…), activists and social media users have taken to Twitter and Facebook to register their solidarity with the women and offer commentary on the laws they are being charged under and the cultural norms that have inspired it. Along with the hashtag…

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