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In response to the recent arrest of Egyptian popular political satirist, Bassem Youssef,
American television host, Jon Stewart demonstrated support for his
colleague and fellow comedian in a segment of "The Daily Show" on
The event stood amid raising concerns over Egypt's
recognition of freedom of expression following the ouster of former
Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.
In a demonstration of
freedom of expression, which Stewart noted has apparently not been
respected by current Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, he recounted
events surrounding the arrest of Youssef - known as the "Egyptian Jon
After playing a clip that shed light on the various
issues currently facing Egypt, Stewart said, "new Egyptian President
Mohamad Morsi has his hands full, I can't wait to see how he tackles
these complex and urgent issues."
Stewart mentioned that Youssef
was arrested for allegedly "insulting Morsi and Islam". The American
comedian continued by deducing that Youssef was not a perpetrator of
declining infrastructure, increasing rates of unemployment and sexual
assaults or other such concerns reported as currently plaguing Egypt.
Stewart continued with a deluge of examples mocking Morsi.
prosecutor general issued an arrest warrant for Youssef on Saturday
after at least four legal complaints filed by Morsi supporters.
was released on bail of $2,200 last Sunday after voluntarily turning
himself in, Al Jazeera reported a prosecutor's office official as
The prosecutor's office has also summoned several other
prominent media figures for questioning over accusations they insulted