Egyptian Activist Sentenced For Criticizing Government On Social Media

Egyptian Activist Sentenced For Criticizing Government On Social Media


Egyptian activist, Amal Fathy has been sentenced to two years in prison for posting what the country’s state-run newspaper, Al-Ahram, called ‘false news’ and ‘slandering employees’ at a state bank in a social media video.

Fathy was fined 10,000 Egyptian Pounds after her sentence was handed down, reports Al-Ahram.

Fathy push for democratization in Egypt has put her at loggerheads with the government. She was arrested along with her husband Mohamed Lotfy, who is director of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedom earlier this year. The couple and their 3-year-old child were taken to a police station after an overnight raid on their home in the Cairo suburb of Maadi in May, Amnesty International said.

Though her husband and child were released, Egyptian authorities had said they detained Fathy for damaging the government’s reputation.

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Her arrest came not long after she posted the video on her Facebook page in which she spoke of ‘the prevalence of sexual harassment in Egypt, criticizing the government’s failure to protect women,’ Amnesty International reported then. She also criticized the government for ‘deteriorating human rights, socioeconomic conditions, and public services.’ Particularly singling out employees of the state-owned Banque Misr after what she called a personal experience there, Amnesty International reports

Fathy has another pending case in which she was charged with ‘publishing false news’ and ‘inciting against the country,’ Al-Ahram reported.

Fathy was in custody since her arrest in May. It was not immediately clear Saturday whether she remained incarcerated.

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