Re: Gagging journalists and comedians in the countries of the Arab Spring
Egypt: Popular TV comic faces new probe for 'spreading atheism'last update: April 10, 14:52Cairo, 10 April (AKI) - Egyptian prosecutors have begun an investigation into three new complaints against popular TV comedian Bassem Youssef. He now faces allegations of promoting atheism, harming diplomatic ties between Egypt and Pakistan, and insulting the attorney-general, local media reported Wednesday.Youssef confirmed he was being investigated again on his Twitter account, after earlier being accused of insulting the president and Islam."A new investigation started against me accusing me of: insulting Islam (again), spreading atheism & insulting Pakistan #LOL," he wrote.The new probe follows remarks by Youssef mocking a hat worn by Morsi when he received an honorary doctorate from a university in the Pakistani capital Islamabad in March.The comments allegedly damaged diplomatic ties with Pakistan.Youssef is also accused of attempting to "spread atheism" after he allegedly made fun of the prayer ritual which constitutes "questioning one of the five pillars of Islam."Youssef's hugely popular weekly political satire show Al-Bernameg aired on private satellite channel CBC has spared few public figures.He is currently on bail pending the investigation into charges of insulting Egypt's president Mohamed Morsi and Islam.