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Groups accuse Egypt satirist of defaming military


October 26. 2013 11:36AM
Associated Press



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(AP) An official in Egypt says complaints already have been filed against a popular television satirist, less than 24 hours after returning to air following a coup in the country.


Bassem Youssef, often compared to U.S. comedian Jon Stewart, mocked the new pro-military fervor gripping Egypt in his program aired Friday night.


By Saturday, an official said at least four complaints had been filed with the country's top prosecutor, accusing Youssef of defaming the military in his show.


The official said no investigation into the complaints had started yet. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to journalists.


Youssef used satire to criticize Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, ousted by the military following popular protests in July. Morsi supporters also sued Youssef, leading to his brief detention.


Associated Press


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