Egyptian teen jailed for posting picture of Prophet Muhammed

Citizens of countries run by a religious military: be careful what you share on Facebook.

A 17-year-old teen in Egypt has been sentenced for three years in prison for uploading cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Muhammed and sharing them with his friends.

The teen, Gamal Abdou Massoud, is reportedly Christian and from the city of Assiut, one of the most heavily Christian areas in the majority-Muslim country.

The photos, which he shared back in December, prompted violence, including an angry mob that came to his house.

Depictions of Muhammed are considered highly offensive to many Muslims. When a Danish newspaper cartoonist deliberately drew the prophet in 2006, he received multiple death threats—and has continued to receive them at least as recently as 2010.

Massoud was tried in a juvenile court, but his sentence is the maximum allowed by law.

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Kevin Collier

Kevin Collier

A former senior politics reporter for the Daily Dot, Kevin Collier focuses on privacy, cybersecurity, and issues of importance to the open internet. Since leaving the Daily Dot in March 2016, he has served as a reporter for Vocativ and a cybersecurity correspondent for BuzzFeed.