June 4, 2014

The Silencing of Egypt's Jon Stewart

H.A. Hellyer, Foreign Policy

The Associated Press

On Monday, Bassem Youssef -- the man described as Egypt's "Jon Stewart," who ran a program gleefully satirizing the country's predominant political narrative -- announced that his show was, at least for now, over. The program, called El-Bernameg, had already been forced to suspend shooting a few weeks ago, under the pretext that it would unduly influence Egyptian voters in the run-up to the Egyptian presidential election in late May. Of course, all other television shows -- including those that unapologetically tried to politically influence viewers -- were left untouched. The program was nevertheless due to return on Friday, May 30 -- but didn't.

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