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Bassem Youssef's TV show El-Bernameg suspended: CBC channel
CBC suspends Youssef's wildly-popular satirical show minutes before airtime on Friday after finding content in violation of station's 'editorial policy'
Ahram Online , Friday 1 Nov 2013
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Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef (Photo: Bassem Youssef official Facebook page)

Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef's show "El-Bernameg" was suspended by host channel CBC minutes before it was due to screen on Friday.

The channel announced in a statement read by TV anchor Khairy Ramadan that it had decided to suspend the show after review of the third season's second episode, which was yet to be screened, revealed that Youssef and his producer had "violated what has been agreed upon" with CBC, as well as CBC's "editorial policies."

He said the channel had decided to suspend the show until editorial and commercial disputes with Youssef were resolved.

After an almost three-month hiatus, Youssef returned to television last week.

Although El-Bernameg devotees eagerly awaited to hear how Youssef would address the Muslim Brotherhood's rocky summer, anticipation was even higher over whether or not Youssef would poke fun at popular army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

Those weary of the Egyptian media's unabashed adoration of El-Sisi in the wake of Morsi's ouster were not disappointed.

In a segment on the interim president, Youssef drew laughs by displaying a picture of El-Sisi before quickly switching to the correct image of Interim President Adly Mansour, insinuating that El-Sisi was the actual ruler of the country. Youssef poked fun at El-Sisi's supporters for "turning him into a pharaoh through blind support."

"El-Sisi has turned into ... chocolate!" exclaimed Youssef, referring to the recent emergence of chocolate bars bearing the army chief's face in Egyptian sweet shops. "We're also selling Sisi-fours," said an actor playing a pastry shop owner, making a pun on the tea cake "petit fours."

El-Sisi, as head of the army, has grown immensely popular since the military's ouster of Morsi on 3 July following days of mass protests against Islamist rule.

Taking on a more serious tone at the end of the episode, Youssef – who was called in by Morsi-appointed general prosecutor Talaat Abdullah during Morsi's tenure on charges of insulting the president – stated "I am not with the [Islamists], who attacked us and declared us apostates ... and publicly called for our imprisonment."

"At the same time, I am not with hypocrisy, deification of individuals and creation of pharaohs," he went on. "We are afraid that fascism in the name of religion will be replaced with fascism in the name of nationalism," Youssef added, expressing concern over the possible suppression of free media during the transitional period.

El-Bernameg's home network expressed last week its disapproval of Youssef's season opener – the first episode since Morsi's ouster – condemning its mockery of the "symbols of the Egyptian state."

However, according to Bassem Sabry, a famous blogger and Twitter activist, this week's suspended episode did not poke fun at El-Sisi, but rather at the media and especially host channel CBC, according to those who attended the live show earlier Wednesday.

This is not the first time for CBC to suspend Youssef's show. In 2012, the channel suspended the first season's second episode, during which Youssef made fun of both famous CBC presenters as well as then-president Mohamed Morsi. Youssef later broadcasted the episode on YouTube.

A host of legal complaints were filed against Youssef following the third season's premier last Friday.  



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Yehia Kandil
10-01-2014 09:26pm
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Bassem youssesef
Bassem youssef coming on firday what time 9:30 or 11:00 and all people say I want come el-Bernameg bassem Youssef and gash,police and
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Ed
02-11-2013 09:08am
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Sam Enslow
02-11-2013 08:37am
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"I disagree with what you say, but I will defend with my life your right to say it"-Voltaire
If Bassem Youssef were to run for president, he would be a serious contender. He appears to be much more popular with the Egyptian people than he is with the 'powers that be". In part this is due to the fact that he actually respects the people of Egypt and talks with them, addressing problems no politician will mention. He sends his message with humor - no veiled threats. He called upon the Egyptian people to think and go beyond emotional responses. He supported the demands of the 25 January Revolution and reminded Egyptians that no one, no matter how popular at a given moment, is perfect. Whoever pulled him off the air made a big mistake. They showed their own insecurities and demands not to be challenged or questioned, hardly democratic.
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Farhan
02-11-2013 08:28am
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Egyptian Nazi military is not going to allow any opposition.
They want to kill all people.
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Ahmed Khalaf
02-11-2013 08:04am
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Immature Democracy.. Bassem Youssef don't stop
This surprises me as I thought that Egypt has transitioned from Dictatorship (during the days of Mubarak) and allowed democracy and freedom of speech after 25 January revolution. But again this should not be a surprise we were not happy with freedom of speech during Morsy's rule as TV talkshows non-stop criticize him everyday e.g. CBC, ON tv, Dream TV and Orbit's Al Kahira Alyoum. On 30 June's revolution one mistake occurred which was the shut down of the opposition's channels and now Bassem Youssef's popular political satire show El Bernameg. This is solid proof of the clear political intentions of CBC, unfair regulatory bodies and the regime in Egypt. They will let you talk if you say what they want to hear... But they will shut you down if you say what they don't want to hear especially if you say the truth. Thank you Bassem Youssef and please don't stop...
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Sami
02-11-2013 06:47am
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Egypt will never have democracy says my 99 year old aunt
Egypt will never have democracy says my 99 year old aunt, born in Cairo in 1914. A country that is too scared to poke fun at itself and its leaders will never be democratic.
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Andrew Arato
01-11-2013 11:07pm
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Sad
Unfortunately those who said that this is now a restoration of the old regime were right.
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Adam
01-11-2013 10:52pm
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bey bey Egypt
this is the end no freedom and it become to worse . I agree with Omar a bin alass
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Daniel
01-11-2013 10:27pm
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Shame on CBC
Shame on you CBC for suspending El Bernameg. This act shows how little the station understands the value of satire critical of the government and how little all those angry Al Sisi fans understand about the importance of shows like the one of Bassem.
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