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Wednesday, 23 June 2021

TikToker jail terms leading the conversation in the foreign press on 23 June 2021

The biggest story in the foreign press this morning: The BBC, the National and the Telegraph are all covering the fate of two female TikTok influencers, who were handed long jail terms earlier this week on charges they “incited debauchery” and engaged in human trafficking.

Laying the groundwork for the fintech boom: Reuters’ Patrick Werr talks to several players in Egypt’s fintech and VC scene about the new regulatory framework being put in place by the central bank and the Financial Regulatory Authority. “We believe that within the next few months or couple of years we will see a big bang in fintech,” Matouk, Bassiouny and Hennawy’s Mohamed Essam tells the newswire.

On the human rights front, the Washington Post’s editorial board is calling on the Biden administration to put pressure on Egypt, Amnesty International has condemned a case in which a grad student has been handed a four-year sentence for spreading “false news,” and International Federation for Human Rights says executives at two French firms have been are being investigated after it filed a complaint related to their companies’ activities in Egypt and Libya.

And finally: Reuters reports that an Italian hospital is performing CT scans on some ancient Egyptian mummies, hoping that modern tech would help them identify new interpretations based on medical imaging.

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