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Stewart mocks Morsi over Bassem Youssef arrest warrant

Daily Show's Jon Stewart slams President Morsi for clamping down on freedom of speech after Bassem Youssef interrogated

Ahram Online , Tuesday 2 Apr 2013
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Top US satirist Jon Stewart has dedicated a section of his Daily Show to condemning and mocking President Mohamed Morsi over the interrogation of Bassem Youssef.

The prosecutor-general issued an arrest warrant against TV satirist Bassem Youssef on Saturday after complaints were made against him for allegedly insulting the president, denigrating Islam and spreading false news with the aim of disrupting public order.

Youssef was released on bail of LE15,000 ($2,142).

Stewart mocked President Morsi for targeting media figures and activists instead of dealing with Egypt's growing economic and social problems.

The deteriorating economy, crumbling infrastructure and rising levels of sexual harassment were amongst the things President Morsi should be focusing on, Stewart said.

Stewart wondered what would happen to him if insulting the president was illegal in the US.

"Making fun of the president's hats and less than fluent English? That was my entire career for eight years ... that is all I did," he said, showing a picture of himself wearing a cowboy hat and mocking George W. Bush.

Stewart played a video showing President Morsi describing Jews as the descendants of apes and pigs in order to highlight the weakness and hypocrisy of the accusations against Youssef.

"There are two things he [Youssef] loves with his heart: Egypt and Islam ... He loves Egypt so much even though some crazy guy is threatening to arrest him," Stewart said.

"By the way, without Bassem and all those journalists and bloggers and brave protesters who took to Tahrir Square to voice descent, you, President Morsi, would not have been in a position to repress them," he added.

Youssef appeared on The Daily Show with John Stewart in June last year and has acknowledged that Stewart is an inspiration for his own El Barnameg TV show.

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Bill
03-04-2013 09:46am
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Satire landed not one Egyptian in prison during Mubarak & must not under Morsi
I recall how so many Egyptians feared imprisonment during the 80s for daring speak out against Mubarak. That, however, never prevented the jokes and satire in the press or among the populace. Indeed, I heard that even Mubarak got a chuckle now and then. Probably the best example set by a leader regarding satire was the CEO of a major airline lampooned by a cartoonist - the CEO phoned the cartoonist and inquired if he could buy it. The original panel was given free - both men had class. MB needs to lighten up and watch guys like Bassem Youssef and chuckle. It's called SATIRE guys, not FACT. I laugh with everyone even when Obama is satired by Stewart. We needed to laugh even at our own foibles now and then in our pursuit of happiness.
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Abdullah
02-04-2013 09:17pm
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The Irony in Stewarts comment
May be Sjon Stewart doesnt know that MB has been fighting the tyrannical regime of mubarak way before bassem was born. What an Irony that Morsi himself was in jail during Mubarak's time. Now these liberals want to bring Freedom of speech AKA western style here in Egypt, anyone against it is ....
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Bill
03-04-2013 09:22am
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Two Pillars of Democracy: Freedom of Speech; Equality to All;
Abdullah, Jon Stewart was clear in his knowledge of the valiant fight for freedom, even by the MB.
Pierre
03-04-2013 09:05am
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No Irony
There actually is no irony, be definition, in what you're saying and you English makes no sense. Morsi and the MB's goal was never to fight tyranny, it was to benefit their group above Egypt. This is proven by the fact that they are incapable of accepting other opinions and criticism. They file lawsuits against people like Basem that point out that they are liars, hypocrites, radical, and violent. They are the reason Egypt is in horrible shape but at least they were the first government in a revolution. The first government in a revolution never succeeds and I look forward to their demise.
Woundedknee
02-04-2013 11:42pm
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Learn to write
Learn to write and basic grammar before you come talk to us. Also learning some logic would help, as you have none.
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Hoping Egyptian
02-04-2013 08:42pm
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MBH Dictionary
Insult, moking, punishment,threat, revenge, Gail, prosecution!!! Do you think MBH can live one day without using these words?
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Egyptian-Canadian
02-04-2013 06:36pm
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Democracy as viewed by President Morsi
To accuse Dr. Bassem Youssef of: Insulting Islam this is an outright lie..he joked about the Brotherhood and what they say and do but never insulted Islam ..never. The Brotherhood including Morsi say they rule in a democratic environment, this by their actions is completely a lie, democracy defined would be as how the Republican Party in the US have said and done to their Democratically elected President...they wiped the floor with him openly, and NO ONE WAS JAILED...this is democracy and freedom. Who the hell does Morsi think he is to be above every Egyptian who elected him? He is there to serve them, and learn what their needs are and improve his rule for them. EGYPT has never ever, gone through such fearsome times, chaos, theft, rape, killings and murder AND NO ONE WAS CAUGHT AND PUNISHED..!So now Morsi and his entourage blame a Surgeon turned Satirical Comedian for their failures?? Wake up people, this is NOT Democracy or Freedom this is dictatorship, and slavery through the exist
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Egyptian-Canadian
02-04-2013 11:23pm
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Democracy as viewed by President Morsi
...to continue the last sentence; Thank you::
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Saba E. Demian, M.D.
02-04-2013 02:24pm
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A country without a free media is an autocracy
Regardless of whether the autocracy is a theocracy or not the lack of a free media, which is a necessary element of the checks and balances in any civilized nation, weakens the State. This stifling restriction nullifies the salubrious benefits of opposing views from learned members of the society. A media controlled by the State is a very sharp weapon with which to control and enslave the people. It is far more egregious when the nation has been summarily converted into a theocracy. This gives the rulers a 'divine' authority with which to cower any opposition. Dr. Bassem Youssef, a cardiac surgeon, is one of the most intelligent satirists who holds a mirror to the face of President Morsi and his failed regime. They do not like what they see because it reflects the stark ugly truth. Free the media Mr. President or suffer the fate of other autocrats who tread this shameful path before you. Saba E. Demian, M.D.
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Wounded knee
02-04-2013 11:49pm
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To AG
Yeah, and being an engineer, with a phd in materials science doesn't make someone competent to be president by your logic. Oh by the why that degree was paid for with a scholarship from the Egyptian government that the MB hated so much. I hate you but I'll take your money - reminds me of a certain profession.
AG
02-04-2013 06:35pm
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Actually
Again this is not the first time you use someone's "degree" in this case an MD to justify their positions. How does an medical degree make someone intelligent on political affairs? It gives them no credibility at all. Also keep in mind the media in place now is the same one that lied to Egyptians on Jan25 and told them Israeli thugs were attacking Egypt. You defend them now because they agree with you. That's not a rational defense at all.
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AG
02-04-2013 02:08pm
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But it's not Morsy it's a private lawsuit
It's not Morsy it's a private lawsuit. Maybe if people told the truth Egypt would be better off today.
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Tammy
03-04-2013 02:25am
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TRUTH AG??
seems to me the only ones lying are morsi & the bh thugs!! they would not know the truth if it was right in front of their eyes in HUGE BOLD FLASHING LETTERS!! all morsi & his regime of thugs have done is lie & then try to justify those lies with more lies & got caught in their lies by the media. So yes if the people running the current government would tell the truth Egypt would be better off..
Woundedknee
02-04-2013 11:52pm
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You should tell
Yourself that before telling us....tell yourself the truth. MB Internet/social media guys out in force on all these sites today.
mark
02-04-2013 07:18pm
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truth? YOU CAINT HANDLE THE TRUTH!
AG your MB sponsored comments are a waste of time everyone can see this is presidency, MB, FJP trying to silence critics. truth in media like what they say on Misr 25 baaa baaaa
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farouk
02-04-2013 01:27pm
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again President Morsi wanted arrested bassem
this happened after bassem pay he want put him in jail
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