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 Monday. 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 Stewart".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. Egypt's prosecutor general issued an arrest warrant for Youssef on Saturday after at least four legal complaints filed by Morsi supporters.He was released on bail of $2,200 last Sunday after voluntarily turning himself in, Al Jazeera reported a prosecutor's office official as saying.The prosecutor's office has also summoned several other prominent media figures for questioning over accusations they insulted the president.