Egypt threatens to nix license of station hosting satirist

By REUTERS
April 3, 2013 02:47

 
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CAIRO - The Egyptian government has threatened to cancel the license of an independent TV channel for hosting a popular satirist who was questioned by prosecutors over accusations that he insulted President Mohamed Morsi, state media said on Tuesday.

Bassem Youssef, who rose to fame with a satirical online show after the uprising that swept the previous president, Hosni Mubarak, from power in 2011, turned himself in on Sunday after the prosecutor-general issued a warrant for his arrest.

The prosecutor accused Youssef, whose program is shown on the CBC channel and has been compared to US satirist Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show", of insulting Islam and undermining Mursi's standing. He was released on bail on Sunday.

Critics see the case as sign of a crackdown on dissent in post-Mubarak Egypt, charges strongly denied by the government.

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