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Egypt TV station cancels popular satire program

EGYPTIAN JON STEWART?After mocking successive government regimes and his employers, popular presenter Bassem Youssef has had his show canceled again

AP, CAIRO

Mohammed ElBaradei, a prominent democracy advocate who served briefly as vice president in the post-Morsi government, sided with Youssef and lamented violation of freedom of expression.

“If [freedom of expression] is limited to those we agree with, it is an empty slogan. The courage is in defending it not repressing. Salute and appreciation to Youssef,” he wrote on his Twitter account.

Youssef has had disputes with the station before. In his first episode after joining the station at the height of the Morsi rule, Youssef mocked it for being stacked with former supporters of the regime of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. He also made fun of its claims of having revolutionary credentials.

Youssef angered one of the station’s star broadcasters so much that the broadcaster threatened to take legal action against him.

Youssef left Egypt to the United Arab Emirates on Friday hours before the show’s suspension. It was not clear if he was in the Gulf state on a business or private trip.

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