Monday, June 2, 2014

BREAKING. Satirical political show of Egypt's 'Jon Stewart', Bassem Youssef, cancelled for a second time as comedian fears for his safety.

The politically unstable Egypt can't handle freedom of speech and now Bassem Youssef's satiritcal show, called the "Egyptian Jon Stewart" has been cancelled.

Reuters' Yasmine Saleh reports that Bassem Youssef said in a press conference at the show's studio on Monday that the MBC Masr TV channel which ran his then-on, then-off satirical comedy show Al Bernameg, has been "put under more pressure than it could handle".

"The pressures have been made from the first episode and MBC Masr had fought for us as much as possible," said Bassem Youssef according to Reuters.

MBC Masr was the 2nd TV channel Bassem Youssef tried to do his TV show on, after the first TV channel, CBC cancelled his show. Last year TIME magazine named Bassem Youssef one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Egypt has also been holding Al Jazeera (DStv 406 / StarSat 401) imprisoned for months.

"The present climate in Egypt is not suitable for a political satire program," The Guardian reports that Bassem Youssef said at the press conference. "I'm tired of struggling and worrying about my safety and that of my family".