Once again, Egypt’s most famous satirist has been taken off the air. Bassem Youssef, often referred to as the “Egyptian Jon Stewart” for the Daily Show-esque program he hosts there, will not return until after Egypt’s elections, scheduled for May 26-27, his Saudi-owned station said in a statement.
According to MBC Masr television channel, the decision was made to “avoid influencing the Egyptian voters’ opinions and public opinion,” adding it is “keen on respecting the electoral process” in Egypt. The presidential election is widely expected to be won by former army chief Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, who ousted the previous Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi last year.
In November, Youssef’s show was suspended moments before it was set to go on air following jokes he made at the Egyptian army’s expense. After an extended hiatus, Youssef returned to the air in February, when he promptly began mocking the Al-Sisi regime again.
Last month, 60 Minutes aired a profile of Youssef, who vowed that nothing would stop him from making fun of people in power, whoever they may be.
Watch the full report below, via CBS:
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