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Egyptian state body warns CBC it may lose licence over Bassem Youssef

General Authority for Investment (GAFI), which runs the media complex where channel CBC is based, says that popular satirist's show insults public figures and spreads profanity

Ahram Online, Tuesday 2 Apr 2013
Bassem Youssef
Popular Egyptian television satirist Bassem Youssef waves to his supporters as he enters Egypt's prosecutor-general's office to face accusations of insulting Islam and the country's Islamist leader in Cairo (Photo: AP)
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State body the General Authority for Investment (GAFI) has warned television channel CBC it will revoke its licence if prominent satirist Bassem Youssef’s weekly show ‘El-Bernameg’ does not comply with the standards of the media free zone, where the channel is based.

All television channels that work inside the media free zone, located in the satellite city of 6 October on the outskirts of Cairo, must abide by an ethical code and a number of regulations.

According to the warning sent to CBC, GAFI received complaints against Bassem Youssef and the content he presents in his weekly show on the channel, accusing him of insulting state icons and public figures. The authority also added that the show included profanity and the use of sexual language in unacceptable way.

CBC’s administration asserted that it is careful to comply with the law, the media ethics code, and the terms of its broadcast licence. The administration also added that the issue that the warning deals with is currently in the hands of judiciary and a verdict has not yet been issued.

Popular television show host and satirist Youssef is currently facing charges of insulting President Morsi and denigrating Islam. An arrest warrant was issued for him last week and he was interrogated by prosecutors, then bailed on Sunday.

El-Bernameg is filmed at a theatre in downtown Cairo. 

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Frastrated Egyptian
03-04-2013 05:56pm
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Yes arrest them all
I bieleve that MBH will not rest untill they Arrest and put in gail all TV providers and Journalist that do not praise MBH economic reforms that resulted in very strong Egyptian economy so far. MBH will not rest untill they impreson all lawers that they do not serve them and Activists that are not satisfaied about the increase of women sexual harrasment rate in the Egyptian street lately. MBH will not rest untill they ask the interpol to arrest all USA TV providers and Administration staff that interfeer with MBH way of ruling Egypt. So let MBH arrest them all.
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Farid
03-04-2013 09:56am
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Arrest them all...
"The authority also added that the show included profanity and the use of sexual language in unacceptable way". In that case authority should put in jail all micro-bus drivers who perform above live and in public on daily basis ;) [sarcasm]
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