Egypt: Amid censorship, ‘Egypt’s John Stewart’ is without a show

21 November 2013

The comedian and talk-show host Bassem Youssef’s popular but controversial show ‘El-Bernameg’, was suspended moments before its second episode.


Bassem Youssef faced criticism for mocking the nationalist fervor that developed since the military pushed out democratically-elected President Mohamed Morsi four months ago.

CBC, the private station that carries the program, cited Youssef’s refusal to “commit to the editorial policy.”

Egypt’s public prosecutor referred 30 complaints filed against Youssef, including for offending army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, to the attorney general, opening the satirist up to prosecution.

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