An Egyptian Facebook user has reportedly been sentenced to three years in prison by a military court for drawing Mickey Mouse ears on president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and posting it on the popular networking site. Amr Nohan allegedly was charged with the all too common “attempt to overthrow the regime.” Online comments indicate that Nohan is a conscript, and that is why he was tried at a military court.
Many Egyptians have reposted the Sisi/Mickey Mouse photograph, expressing their outrage over the sentence.
Tarakiyee notes how the Sisi/Mickey Mouse image is being widely shared after the sentence:
— Tarakula (@Tarakiyee) October 11, 2015
@Hon__3 ridicules how fragile the regime is when it is threatened by a photoshopped image:
— المواطن X (@Hon__3) October 10, 2015
Talk to me some more about a fragile regime which thinks that a photograph that ridicules it can overthrow it
— شاي سادة بزيادة (@shai_sada) October 10, 2015
Three years for Mickey Mouse's ears. What would have happened if he got Donald Duck's beak?
Shaima Elbanna tries to reason:
— shaimaa elbanna (@shosho_elbanna) October 9, 2015
Imagine when you spend three years in prison for a photograph you uploaded on your account. Yes, this is the stupid country
There is little more information about the case at the moment, apart from these and other comments on Twitter. Supporters are drawing attention to Nohan's case under the Arabic hashtag #الحرية_لعمرو_نوهان which translates to #Freedom_for_Amr_Nohan.