Egyptian TV host Bassem Youssef accused of insulting Morsi
Egyptian prosecutors have received a complaint accusing Egyptian satirist
Bassem Youssef of offending the president during his Jon Stewart-style
Ahram Online, Sunday 23 Dec 2012
A complaint was filed on Sunday with the prosecutor-general accusing
prominent television satirist Bassem Youssef and the channel his television
programme appears on, CBC, of offending President Mohamed Morsi during his
weekly show Al-Bernameg (The Programme), a format which was inspired by
renowned American television host John Stewart's comedic look at politics,
the Daily Show.
The accusation concerns an episode dubbed ‘the Presidential Pillow’, which
featured Youssef holding a cushion with hearts and the president’s picture
printed on it.
Youssef for his part responded to the news via his Twitter account with
characteristic humour, demanding that the president autograph the pillow.
A number of similar accusations of insulting the president have been raised
against public figures since Morsi came to power, including television
anchor Mahmoud Saadi, psychiatrist Manal Omar and journalist Abdel-Halim
Bishoy Kamel, a teacher from Sohag, also received a six-year sentence
recently for sharing a controversial anti-Islamic film and insulting the
president and his family via his Facebook page, charges which he denied.