A court in Egypt has given human rights activist Amal Fathy a two-year-suspended sentence and a fine for “spreading fake news”.


She has been in detention since May after posting a video criticising the government over the extent of sexual harassment in the country.

Amnesty International however said this was “an outrageous case of injustice”.

Egypt has recently passed a law that tightens controls over the internet – a move condemned by rights activists.

The legislation on “cybercrime” means websites can be blocked in Egypt if deemed to constitute a threat to national security or the economy.

It also 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.



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