Egyptian satirist faces new legal action from army-backed government

By REUTERS
October 28, 2013 21:14

 
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CAIRO - A comedian who outraged Egypt's now deposed Islamist rulers with his satirical TV show is to be investigated by the current army-backed government, a state-run newspaper reported on Monday.

Bassem Youssef, often called Egypt's answer to US satirist Jon Stewart, returned to the airwaves on Friday for the first time since the army ousted Mohamed Morsi, the Islamist president he used to lampoon in jokes and song-and-dance routines.

Youssef turned his comic jibes on the new government, joking about the popularity of army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and implying that no one had heard of interim President Adly Mansour.

The program was enough for public prosecutor Hisham Barakat to launch an investigation, after a viewer complained that it had harmed the public interest and risked creating chaos in the country, Al-Ahram newspaper reported.

Youssef, who was arrested under Morsi's government and appeared in court on charges - later dropped - of insulting the president and Islam, carefully poked fun at various political camps in Friday's broadcast, but stopped short of an outright assault on Sisi, whose image adorns posters across Cairo.

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