Egyptian activist is arrested at her home for & # 39; false news spread & # 39;
Egyptian activist is arrested at her home for & # 39; false news spread & # 39; after President el-Sisi and his wife were slammed into viral YouTube videos
- Radwa Mohamed was detained in her house on Wednesday evening, officials said
- Fears for its safety have fueled the viral hashtag #WhereIsRadwa on Twitter
- In her YouTube videos & # 39; s she had destroyed the president and mocked the first lady
A female Egyptian activist who focused on President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi and his wife in a series of viral videos was arrested at her home.
Radwa Mohamed was detained in her house on Wednesday evening and accused of spreading false news, officials said.
Her current whereabouts are unknown and fears for her safety have led to a viral hashtag – #WhereIsRadwa – on Twitter.
In her YouTube videos & # 39; s, she had mocked the first lady of Egypt, Intissar el-Sisi, and destroyed the Egyptian government in profane terms.
Arrested: activist Radwa Mohamed (photo) was detained in her house on Wednesday evening and accused of spreading fake news, officials said
Tens of thousands of people have watched the videos, warning that public anger could bring down el-Sisi and saying: & I cannot recognize you as president. Get rid of your & # 39;. & # 39;
The videos also condemned the misuse of public funds and regretted the poor human rights record of her country.
Shortly before her arrest, Radwa reportedly co-activist Mohamed Ali reported that security forces were on the way.
Ali, a self-banned Egyptian businessman, led to protests in Cairo and several provinces earlier this year after he published a series of viral messages.
According to rights groups, security forces have arrested at least 3,000 people following anti-government demonstrations.
Ali, a contractor who said he had worked with the Egyptian army for 15 years, had accused the president of corruption and asked for his overthrow.
The arrest of Radwa Mohamed comes while Egypt is preparing to defend its human rights report under UN supervision during a periodic review in Geneva.
Under fire: in her YouTube videos & # 39; s she had mocked the Egyptian first lady Intissar el-Sisi (left) and President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi (right) and destroyed the Egyptian government in profane terms
On Wednesday, various Western countries, including Britain, America and Germany, called on Cairo to investigate claims of torture and forced disappearances.
The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies has also accused the government of silencing human rights activists by banning them from traveling abroad.
The rights group called for the immediate removal of the & # 39; unjust & # 39; travel ban imposed on dozens of Egyptian rights activists.
& # 39; The state is afraid that someone would go to Geneva with a different story about human rights in Egypt than the story it spreads & said an activist, Mohamed Zaree.
An Egyptian government delegation insisted that & # 39; long steps & # 39; were set to & # 39; more of the ambitions, rights and freedom & # 39; of her people.
The UN Human Rights Council will prepare recommendations after the Geneva meetings.
The state of service of the country under el-Sisi has received growing international criticism after a crackdown on dissidence and media freedoms.
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