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Egyptian comedian turns himself in to authorities

Sunday, Mar 31, 2013 - 01:37

Bassem Youssef, the country's best-known satirist, turns himself in to authorities amid allegations that he insulted Egypt's Islamist president, Mohamed Mursi. Andrew Raven reports.

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A media circus in downtown Cairo as Egypt's best known-political satarist turns himself in to authorities. Bassam Youssef - in the middle of this crowd - surrendered Sunday after prosecutors ordered his arrest for allegedly insulting the country's Islamist president. Youssef is the host of El Bernameg - or The Show - a weekly comedy programme that lampoons Egypt's political leaders. Broadcast during primtime on Friday, the programme has a strong following. A frequent target of Youssef's has been Egypt's, Mohamed Mursi - a long-time member of the Muslim Brotherhood who was elected president last year. Scores of Youssef's supporters greeted him on Sunday outside the downtown courthouse, railing against the arrest order. They claim Mursi is cracking down on dissent - despite promising to usher in a new era of freedom following the revolution in 2011. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MEMBER OF NATIONAL SALVATION FRONT, HODA ZAKI, SAYING: "This is just an addition to all of the failed and repressive attempts that the ruling regime is carrying out, and they will fail the same way other attempts have failed previously." A week ago the authorities ordered the arrest of several opposition activists accused of inciting violence against Mursi and the ruling Muslim Brotherhood.

Egyptian comedian turns himself in to authorities

Sunday, Mar 31, 2013 - 01:37

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