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AP Interview: Egypt’s top satirist prepares return

January 8, 2014 • Entertainment


A man walks outside Egyptian Satirist Bassem Youssef’s studio in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Youssef, often compared to U.S. comedian Jon Stewart, says his team will bring back its popular television show poking fun at politics in a country still beset by turmoil following a July military coup. However, he acknowledged the challenges facing him and others in Egypt now in an interview with The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

CAIRO (AP) — Bassem Youssef, Egypt’s most popular satirist often compared to U.S. comedian Jon Stewart, said Wednesday his team is preparing to bring back their widely watched television show poking fun at politics in a country still beset by turmoil following a July military coup.

Private broadcaster CBC suspended the show, called “The Program” in Arabic, last fall after the season’s first episode, which was highly critical of the military and the nationalist fervor gripping the nation after the popularly backed overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

With a military-backed interim government in place and sensitivities high, Youssef says his team of writers and comedians face a tough challenge. But they are not planning to hold back.

“We never self-censor,” Youssef told The Associated Press in an interview from his Cairo studio. “It’s not what we say about the government or don’t say, it is how to Login to read more

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