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Court saves Youssef from Brotherhood attempt to shut down show

Egypt's administrative court rejects the case filed by a Brotherhood lawyer to suspend Bassem Youssef's Jon-Stewart-like political satire programme

Ahram Online, Saturday 6 Apr 2013
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Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef (Photo: Bassem Youssef's official Facebook page)
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The popular El Bernameg TV programme by satirist Bassem Youssef will continue being aired for now after an administrative court dismissed a lawsuit on Saturday calling for the programme to be suspended.

The court rejects the case, filed by a Muslim Brotherhood lawyer Mahmoud Abul Enein, saying the plaintiff does not have the right to ask for the programme to be suspended.

Abul Enein had also demanded in the same lawsuit that CBC channel's license be revoked for hosting Youssef's show, arguing the channel airs inappropriate content that is "beyond acceptable criticism" of President Morsi, who hails from the Brotherhood.

Youssef is currently being investigated by the prosecution for other complaints of insulting the president and religion on his programme. The popular satirist was released on bail pending investigation on Sunday.

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