[ View the story "Bassem Youssef accused of undermining Morsi" on Storify] Bassem Youssef accused of undermining Morsi Egyptian comedian under investigation after satirising President Morsi
The Stream· Wed, Jan 02 2013 13:58:38
Lawyer Ramadan Al Oksory filed the petition against Youssef. According to the Egypt Independent:
In his petition, Oksory accused Youssef of mocking state figures, including President Morsy, in a manner that humiliates them in front of other states.Comedian Bassem Youssef investigated for insulting president | Egypt Independent
Online, Egyptians reacted to news of the investigation, calling it an affront to freedom of speech and democracy.
2013 begins with prosecuting AlMasry AlYoum & Bassem Youssef for insulting the President; so much for the freedom of expression he promisedMarwa Farid
@DrBassemYoussef is being investigated
what a farce! freedom of speech is basic right that hundreds died for #Jan25Ahmad Kh
We need National Day of Insulting the President in #Egypt 2 challenge idea u can't & 4 solidarity w/ Bassem Youssef and others being investMona Eltahawy
"Morsi does not support the teasing of Bassem Youssef. Egyptian democracy will have to wait."
#Morsi ne supporte pas les moqueries de #Bassem #Youssef...La démocratie en Égypte attendra...Tamara
Others see the investigation as a weak attempt to silence the comedian.
Islamists will never be able to respond to Bassem Youssef. He has owned them. They are incapable of satire.تـــتـــح
the govt has no sense of humor “@EgyIndependent: Comedian Bassem Youssef investigated for insulting president
Bless the MB/Salafis. They've made @DrBassemYoussef more famous than he could have ever hoped for, globally. NYTimes, CNN, BBC:what next?:-)H.A. Hellyer
President morsy you should be proud that you are getting mocked by someone like Dr.Bassem Youssef !Ibrahim Alaa
Glad @DrBassemYoussef did not respond to his attackers today. He just focused on what he does best: political satire.The Big Pharaoh
Below, in a departure from his usual comedy routine, Youssef explains his criticism of Islamists and Muslim Brotherhood politicians in Egypt.
Translation: Bassem Youssef / "Al-Bernameg", December 21, 2012masrelleh