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“EGYPT’S JON STEWART” FORCED OUT

June 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef, often referred to as the “Egyptian Jon Stewart,” has been fired amid speculation that he had offended government officials once too often. At a news conference Youssef said that he had been working under tremendous pressure that culminated after last week’s presidential election, which was won by Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the military leader who ousted Islamist leader Mohamed Mursie in a coup last year. In reporting the firing, Reuters commented that ” Youssef’s predicament will raise new questions about freedom of expression in Egypt, the most populous Arab state. His associates told Reuters that his latest show, never broadcast, had made fun of the low turnout in the presidential vote, the pro-Sisi media frenzy and women supporters dancing at polling stations.