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Egypt top prosecutor orders arrest of political satirist Bassem Youssef
Prosecutors move against the popular TV host for 'insulting the president and Islam'; Bassem Youssef responds in style
MENA, Ahram Online, Saturday 30 Mar 2013
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Egyptian satirist Bassem
Egyptian satirist Bassem (Photo: Reuters)

Bassem Youssef confirmed receiving an arrest warrant on his official Twitter account, mockingly saying he will head to the prosecution office Sunday "unless they [prosecution] send me a police car today and save me transportation trouble."

Ealier on Saturday, Egypt's prosecutor-general ordered the arrest of famous political satirist Bassem Youssef to look into complaints accusing him of insulting President Mohamed Morsi, denigrating Islam and spreading false news with the aim of disrupting public order.

Youssef hosts a weekly satire show El-Bernameg (The Show) on private satellite television channel CBC.

The complaints were filed by 12 citizens after Youssef's 1 March episode in which he mocked the president's public interview with TV anchor Amr El-Leithy in February.

In January, a number of Islamist lawyers filed a lawsuit against Youssef, accusing him of "undermining the standing of the president" during his show.

However, charges were dropped before the case reached court.



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Bobby
25-04-2013 05:46pm
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You are provoking a Civil War
What do you mean he is insulting Islam? He is a muslim himself. If the situation arises where freedom of speech is impacted, you will have a civil war. The youth of 21 January were not part of the brotherhood, or any party. They just wanted a free Egypt. This is NOT a FREE Egypt. Bassem hasn't insulted Islam... and saying that he has is just sheer intimidation. You're worse than Mubarak. Elbaradei is muslim, all the contenders to be President were muslim. Why were the MB going around telling others that voting for them (and them only) is a voting for Islam? Why? Whether the MB are in power, or Mubarak is in power, Egypt is an Islamic country. I would caution muslims to think twice about this. Egypt is NOT Tunisia, nor Iran, nor Algeria. We have liberal minded and free minded people. If you oppress their innate need to express their opinions, and do this in the name of Islam, you'll have a big problem.
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Angry. Egyptian
31-03-2013 10:55am
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The bigning of the end of MBH ruling time!
Where is democrasy and freedom of speach? Sham on you MBH!
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Leila
31-03-2013 02:16am
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What if?
What if Bassem Youssef insulted Judaism? Would he be arrested?
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nahla assali
30-03-2013 11:14pm
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Arrest freedom of speech
By the same token,Obama shouled arrestThe Golbert Report satirist.
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nahla assali
30-03-2013 11:12pm
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Arrest freedom of speech
By the same token,Obama shouled arrestThe Golbert Report satirist.
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Amanda
30-03-2013 10:11pm
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ey da?!
if we want to arrest someone for embarrassing Morsi, then we need to arrest Morsi himself. he is the one behaving in a way that is bringing shame on us all and presenting Islam in a bad light. if Morsi's actions are not criminal, merely laughing at them cannot be a crime. the people of egypt will not stand for the complete crushing of freedom of speech in this obvious - and yet again embarrassingly - petty way. in every *democratic* country in the world the leaders get mocked on television and in the papers every day. if this regime wants to pretend to be a democracy, it must accept the same. the other commentator is right....the whole of egypt will be out on the street if anyone tries to arrest Bassem Youssef. not to mention the shame and humiliation of the whole of Egypt when people abroad hear about this. we are om el dunya, not some backward village. :(
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Former Iranian
30-03-2013 09:24pm
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Don't let it happen
Congratulations Egyptians, you have just become another Iran. Next thing you know, Morsi will introduce himself as the hand of God on earth.
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Former Iranian
30-03-2013 09:24pm
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Don't let it happen
Congratulations Egyptians, you have just become another Iran. Next thing you know, Morsi will introduce himself as the hand of God on earth.
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sherief
30-03-2013 07:48pm
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Do not touch Bassem Youssef. This will be the least of your future trouble.
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Ramy the Egyptian
30-03-2013 07:11pm
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This will not end well
This is a direct threat to our freedom of expression! Why aren't you doing anything about all the terrorists and murderers you call "Islamic clerics" that constantly call for violence and assassinations and accuse others of being infidels and thugs?!?!? I swear, if you so much as charge him with defamation, I guarantee you that the Egyptian street will NEVER rest until you're BANISHED completely from the country!
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