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April 8, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

An attempt to silence Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef by shutting down the broadcast network on which he appears was rejected on Sunday by an Egyptian court. Youssef still faces charges of insulting Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and Islam. In his written opinion, the judge in the case observed that Morsi has made it clear that he was not going to file complaints against any critic “out of respect for freedom of expression.” Youssef, a former heart surgeon who was virtually unknown until 2011, has frequently been called “The John Stewart of Egypt.” But he commands a larger audience than Stewart — upwards of 30 million viewers, according to reports.