Facebook video on molestation lands Egyptian activist in trouble

sentence came about for spreading fake news.

In a case that is sure to have international resonance, a court in Egypt has given human rights activist Amal Fathy a two-year-suspended sentence and a fine.

The sentence came about for spreading fake news.


It need be mentioned that she has been in detention since May after she posted a video criticising the government over the extent of sexual harassment in the country.

Egypt has recently passed a law that tightens controls over the internet.

The move has been condemned by rights activists.

The new legislation allows any social media accounts with more than 5,000 followers to be placed under supervision.

Egypt’s authorities say the measures are needed to tackle instability and terrorism.

Last May, Amal Fathy posted a 12-minute video on Facebook in which she described how she had been sexually harassed while visiting her bank.

But she was arrested two days later and charged with attempting to harm the Egyptian state and possessing indecent material.

Egypt’s authorities have not commented so far on the ruling.

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