Bassem Youssef program will not be returning to TV as planned

Ahram Online , Tuesday 27 May 2014

MBC Misr, Deutsheville and Bassem Yousef's program team apologize to viewers the program will not be airing as planned starting Friday, will explain shortly the reasons

Bassem Youssef
Popular Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef talks during an interview with Reuters in Cairo (Photo:Reuters)

Bassem Youssef's program "El-Baarnameg" team together with MBC Misr and Deutschville satellite channel announced on Tuesday that the program will not be airing starting next Friday as planned.


The three satellite channels and the program team apologised to their viewers adding that the details behind the decision will be explained shortly.


Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef’s show, hosted on MBC Misr satellite channel and reaired on Deutschville, was stopped from broadcast until 30 May so that “Egyptian voters’ orientation and public opinion won’t be influenced.”

Youssef's third season of El-Bernameg had resumed 7 February on MBC Misr after being cancelled on Egyptian satellite channel CBC in October 2013.

The show had been suspended following complaints that Youssef had mocked supporters of former army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and allegedly insulted Egypt's military.

El-Sisi is the frontrunner in Egypt’s 2014 presidential poll which is taking place 26-28 May.

In February, Egypt's general prosecution opened up fresh complaints accusing Youssef of insulting the armed forces, the will of the Egyptian people and the "symbols" of both Egypt and its government, thereby threatening the safety and stability of the country.

The prosecutor referred the case to Cairo's appeals prosecution, which is already looking into at least 30 complaints filed against Youssef since November.

The 39-year-old comedian also faced a probe under ousted president Mohamed Morsi over allegations of insulting the president and Islam.

He was a staunch opponent of the ousted president and was influential in diverting public opinion against him and his Islamist allies. 

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