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Bassem Youssef

Harassing Bassem Youssef, Fueling Societal Divisions

Neil Hicks | Posted 06.02.2013 | World
Neil Hicks

These protests -- together with the prosecution of Youssef and now also of another comedian, Ali Qandil, on charges of "insulting religion" -- are a steepening slippery slope that the Egyptian government would be wise to pull back from.

'Egypt's Jon Stewart' Faces Government Harrassment

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI | Posted 06.02.2013 | World

CAIRO — Egyptian authorities on Tuesday stepped up a campaign against a popular TV comedian accused of insulting the president, threatening to r...

Bassem Youssef's Punchlines Wound Egypt's Rulers

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.02.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

One can't keep track of multiple events on the dizzying Egyptian media landscape. But Bassem Youssef and his run-ins with authorities over charges o...

'Making Fun Of The President's Hats... Was My Entire Career for 8 Years'

Posted 04.02.2013 | Comedy

Jon Stewart devoted a significant portion of his show on Monday to address the arrest of Bassem Youssef, an Egyptian comedian and TV personality known...

Egypt's Jon Stewart Released On Bail

AP | SARAH EL DEEB | Posted 05.31.2013 | World

CAIRO — Egypt's most popular television satirist, who every week skewers the Islamist president and hard-line clerics on his Jon Stewart-style s...

Arrest Warrant Issued For 'Egypt's Jon Stewart'

AP | SARAH EL DEEB | Posted 05.30.2013 | World

CAIRO — Egypt's state prosecutors ordered the arrest Saturday of a popular television satirist for allegedly insulting Islam and the country's l...

Dictators Seem Strong, But They Can't Take a Joke

Freedom House | Posted 04.14.2013 | World
Freedom House

by Mary McGuire Senior Communications Manager and Mary Humphreys, Communications Intern A thick skin is a necessary prerequisite for every success...

America in Arabic or Just Another Day in Egyptian Irony

H.A. Hellyer | Posted 09.01.2012 | World
H.A. Hellyer

"We're going to have some great material." -- Bassem Youssef, Egyptian political satirist after hearing the results of the first round of the 2012 Eg...

Egypt's Jon Stewart Meets America's Jon Stewart

AFAR | Posted 08.19.2012 | TV
AFAR

Bassem had been a fan of The Daily Show since he first saw it while on a visit to the United States a few years earlier. He longed for an Egyptian version of the show, but that would have been impossible prior to the revolution.