Bassem Youssef: a popular Egyptian political satirist

January 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

A formal complaint was brought against Bassem Youssef, a popular Egyptian political satirist, for “undermining the standing” of President Mohamed Morsi in his television show.

This case comes amid increasing worries about press freedoms in Egypt.

Bassem Youssef is a doctor who shot to fame after winning a huge number of followers with his witty lampooning of public figures in amateur videos posted on the internet following the uprising that ended Hosni Mubarak’s rule.

He became a household name when his satirical show – likened to Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show in the US – began to be broadcast three times a week on one of Egypt’s independent satellite stations.

He has poked fun at everyone from fellow television presenters to well-known Muslim scholars and most recently President Morsi himself.

But sketches in which he portrayed Mr Morsi as a pharaoh, calling him “Super Morsi” for holding on to executive and legislative powers, and, separately, putting the president’s image on a pillow and parodying his speeches have angered one Islamist lawyer, whose formal complaint has resulted in the investigation.

Source: BBC

>>> Version Fr : L’humoriste qui ne fait pas rire les islamistes égyptiens  (Rue 89)

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