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Bassem Youssef complaints to be investigated by Egypt prosecution
Prosecution to investigate complaints filed against popular satirist; Youssef debates authoritarian regimes, nationalism in Al-Shorouk
Ahram Online , Tuesday 12 Nov 2013
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Popular Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt's public prosecutor ordered on Tuesday that 30 complaints filed against Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef be referred to Judge Zakaria Abdel-Aziz, the general attorney for Cairo appeals prosecution, for further investigation.

The complaints include accusations that Youssef offended Egypt's army chief Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi during the third season's first episode of his popular show 'Al-Bernameg.'

Youssef's first episode, which came after an almost three month hiatus, stirred controversy when the popular satirist poked fun at supporters of El-Sisi, whose popularity soared following the ouster of Mohamed Morsi on 3 July.

The weekly show, which airs on Fridays, was suspended on 1 November minutes before the second episode was due to air on host channel CBC. The channel claimed that Youssef and his producer had "violated what had been agreed upon" with the channel, as well as CBC's "editorial policies."

Following the incident, Al-Bernameg staff immediately issued a statement denying that they had violated the contract. The statement added that Youssef had not been notified of the ban in advance, learning his show was suspended at the same time as viewers.

In an article entitled "Treason on Tango," published on Tuesday in the Egyptian daily Al-Shorouk, Youssef gave examples of artists and intellectuals who had been falsely accused by authoritarian regimes of "treason" for "refusing to follow the herd." Youssef further accused religious, military and fascist states of using nationalism as an excuse to frame dissenters.

Following the banning of Al-Bernameg's second episode, many pointed blame at state institutions. However, the presidency issued a statement asserting that the suspension was an internal matter between Youssef and CBC.

"Whether you're a Muslim scholar, a Hollywood writer, or a composer of the most beautiful Tango melodies, history will maybe remember you for your work and creativity, but most probably you'll live as an outcast, hated and accused of treason, spying or blasphemy," wrote Youssef in his article.





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Imahana
16-11-2013 06:33pm
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Bassem Youssef and CBC
Where is the freedom?? What happen to the Egyptian people? Can they take a joke? CBC not a channel that works for the public but a channel that works for the owner and it should be boycott by the public. Government and Army must keep their hand off the media, if they want to gain the Egyptian people respect.
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Billy Budd
13-11-2013 08:44am
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The outcome of this investigation will tell us if Egypt will embrace freedom or not.
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moenes soryal
13-11-2013 01:46am
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bassem and the elbernamig
it is shame that the brotherhood left him do what he is good at and the new regime (old)takes us back to the old undemocratic life.masser needs people like him if it is to move forward .what he does so elegantly and eloquently is very healthy in the long run .if you love your country you would encourage people (educated and have no agenda) to change how we perceive authority ,if we don't we go back to dictatorship just because we look at authority as it is untouchable .the army and his leaders should know how we feel in any way possible they are to protect not to rule and they should take a joke
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Dr. George Tadros
12-11-2013 07:28pm
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George Tadros
Leave Bassem Youssef alone. Do not destroy his mentality/ where is freedom of opinion?
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Bubbly
13-11-2013 07:37am
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Freedom of Speech & expression
Mind you sir for you misunderstadning.In Egypt freedom of expressiona and speech means you are free to express your veiws against God, religion,religious values,Islamic practices,Islamist,democratically elected peope and president.It doesnt mean you critise the our Holy Army, Judiciary,media & liberals,if you do this you will be punished and labeled a traiter.
Bubbly
13-11-2013 07:33am
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Freedom of Expression & speech
Mind you sir for your misunderstanding.You must know,in Egypt,freedom of Expression & speech means you are totally free to express anything against

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