Egypt TV station stops popular satire program

FILE - In this Saturday Dec. 8, 2012 file photo, Egyptian TV host Bassem Youssef addresses attendants at a gala dinner party in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt's state news agency said Saturday, March 30, 2013 that the public prosecution office has issued an arrest warrant against a popular TV satirist for allegedly insulting Islam and the countryâ??s president. The warrant issued Saturday is the latest in a series of legal action against Youssef, known as Egypt's Jon Stewart. The warrant comes amid a widening crackdown against opposition figures, driving fears over freedoms of expression and assembly.
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CAIRO A private Egyptian TV station has stopped the airing of the latest episode of a widely popular political satire program after it came under fire for mocking the ultranationalist, pro-mililtary fervor gripping the country.

Minutes before the program, "El-Bernameg," was to air Friday night, CBC announced that it would not be shown because satirist Bassem Youssef and his producer violated its editorial policies.

The weekly program is pre-recorded. Last week, Youssef returned to air after a 4-month hiatus and strongly mocked the wave of popular mania for the military, including its chief Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, since apopularly backed coup removed Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

Supporters of the military immediately filed legal complaints against the show, and CBC distanced itself from the program's content.

Youssef left to the Emirates Friday.