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(AP) Egyptian prosecutors say they have launched an investigation against a popular television comedian for allegedly insulting the president.

An Islamist lawyer filed the charges against Bassem Youssef, whose show on a private Egyptian satellite channel is modeled after Jon Stewart's The Daily Show. The host has outraged conservatives and garnered fans among the country's liberals for parodying public figures.

The general prosecutor's office said Tuesday they are looking into charges that he insulted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi by putting his image on a pillow and parodying parts of his speeches.

It is the latest in a series of charges filed by Islamist lawyers against media personalities for allegedly insulting Morsi.

Associated Press
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