CAIRO - Egypt's most popular television satirist, Bassem Youssef, who was pulled off the airwaves last month after mocking the army chief, said on Wednesday the move showed the military-backed rulers were intolerant of opposing views.
Youssef rose to fame after the 2011 uprising that overthrew autocratic president Hosni Mubarak. He had criticized Islamist President Mohamed Morsi who took office after Mubarak and was ousted by the army in July after mass protests against his rule.
"People protested on June 30 (the first day of the protests against Morsi) to put an end to dictatorship and fascism and to welcome freedom of opinion and the first thing to be done was a fight against an opinion," Youssef said in a television interview. "You don't want to hear something that upsets you."
It was Youssef's first TV appearance since his show was shut down on Nov. 1 by the CBC TV channel, which said the program had violated editorial policy and created public discontent.
CBC said it was suspending the show until editorial and commercial disputes with Youssef were resolved.