Authorities pull 'Egyptian Jon Stewart' off airwaves

By REUTERS
November 1, 2013 23:29

CAIRO - Egypt's top TV satirist was pulled off the air on Friday, a week after he poked fun at the army chief who ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July.

The move is likely to raise further questions about authorities' commitment to freedom in a country stumbling in its political transition since autocrat Hosni Mubarak was ousted in a popular uprising in 2011.

Just before satirist Bassem Youssef's show The Program was due to start, an anchor from the CBC channel said the last episode had caused discontent on the street and violated editorial policy.

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

Youssef, known for his fierce jabs at Morsi, returned to his show last Friday following a summer break, poking equal fun at Sisi.


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