Speed Reading — Belly Dancing - Level 3 — 300 wpm 

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A famous Egyptian belly dancer has been put in prison. A court in Cairo, Egypt sentenced Sama el-Masry to three years behind bars. It also fined her 300,000 Egyptian pounds, which is about $18,500. Ms El-Masry was arrested by the police in Egypt in April. Police charged her with immorality after she posted videos on the video-sharing platform TikTok. The videos showed her performing various belly dances. Egypt has recently decided to crack down on social media posts. Egypt's Public Prosecution office accused Ms El-Masry of posting immoral pictures and videos on her social media accounts. It said she was guilty of breaking Egypt's morals because the videos were "sexually suggestive".

Sama el-Masry is 42 years old. As well as being a belly dancer, she is also an actress and starred in three successful movies. One of the movies was about the unfair treatment of female media workers. It created a lot of debate in Egypt about the rights of women in the workplace. She also got a lot of criticism in the past for posting videos on YouTube about her political views. One of the videos mocked former US President Barack Obama for his policy towards Egypt. A women's rights lawyer in Egypt defended Ms El-Masry. She said: "Our conservative society is struggling with technological changes which have created a completely different environment and mindsets."

Comprehension questions
  1. How long does the belly dancer have to spend behind bars?
  2. How much did the dancer get fined (in Egyptian currency)?
  3. What social media platform did the Belly Dancer upload the videos to?
  4. What has Egypt recently decide to crack down on?
  5. What did a court say the belly dancer was breaking?
  6. What other job does the belly dancer have?
  7. What did a movie create a lot of in Egypt?
  8. What did the belly dancer get a lot of criticism for?
  9. Who did the belly dancer mock in a YouTube video?
  10. What changes did a lawyer say Egypt's society was struggling with?

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