Two arrested in Egypt over parody social media post

Two people have been arrested in Egypt for posting a parody of a prison visit on social media.

Basma Hegazi and Mohamed Hosam have been placed in pre-trial detention after being accused of spreading false news and belonging to a terror organisation.

The arrests are the latest in a recent clampdown in Egypt on social media, with some women accused of “violating family values”.

In one high-profile case Haneen Hossam, who lip-synced to songs and danced, was sentenced to 10 years in jail for human trafficking.

Her sentence was later reduced to three years following a public outcry.

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