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Muslim Brotherhood Tweet on Jews Aimed at Jon Stewart (Video)

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood tweeted a message – believed to be directed at “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart – linking to a video alleging that Jews control the U.S. media.

Max Fisher of the Washington Post wrote on his blog that the link was aimed at Stewart after he devoted a segment of his popular Comedy Central program to criticizing Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi for jailing popular Egyptian TV host and political satirist Bassem Youssef, nicknamed “the Jon Stewart of Egypt.” Youssef was released on bail and will face trial after being arrested over the weekend for criticizing Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.

The link was from a clip in Arabic from the Al Jazeera Arabic network featuring former CNN host Rick Sanchez alleging that Jews control the media and that Stewart, who is Jewish, does not belong to a real minority group.

“I’m telling you that everybody who runs CNN is a lot like Stewart, and a lot of people who run all the other networks are a lot like Stewart, and to imply that somehow they, the people in this country who are Jewish, are an oppressed minority? Yeah,” Sanchez said in the September 2010 broadcast.

The U.S. Embassy in Cairo tweeted the “Daily Show” link of the segment ripping Morsi, which the Muslim Brotherhood in a tweet called “Another undiplomatic & unwise move by @USEmbassyCairo, taking sides in an ongoing investigation & disregarding Egyptian law & culture,” Fisher reported.



Morsi on Satirist’s Arrest: I Didn’t Do It

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday reiterated his government’s commitment to freedom of expression, and insisted his office is not responsible for the investigation of satirist Bassem Youssef, the “Egyptian Jon Stewart,” which raised international protest, most notably from Jon Stewart.

“The presidency reiterates the importance of freedom of expression and fully respects press freedom,” Morsi’s office said in a statement cited by AFP.

It denied having filed any complaint against Youssef, whose popular show Albernameg often lampoons Egyptian politicians and other public figures, including clerics.

At this point, Youssef is out on bail and facing charges of insulting Morsi and Islam, as well as a new investigation for “threatening public security.”

“The presidency has not filed any complaint against stand-up comedian Bassem Youssef,” Morsi’s office said, explaining that “the current well-publicized claims were initiated by citizens rather than the presidency.”

Wherein lies the catch: under Egypt’s legal system, anyone can file their complaints with the public prosecutor, who then decides whether there is enough evidence or public concern to refer the case to trial. And if the same public prosecutor sees fit, suspects can be detained even during this initial stage of the investigation.

Hiding behind this very thin veil of “the public made me do it,” there has been a soaring number of legal complaints against Egyptian journalists since Morsi and the Muslim Brothers have won the election, making Morsi’s claims of commitment to freedom of expression all but a cynical joke.

Freedom of expression was one of the key demand of the millions of Egyptian demonstrators who toppled the Mubarak regime in 2011.

The United States government has expressed “real concerns” about the direction being taken by the Egyptian government regarding Youssef’s case.



Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/morsi-on-satirists-arrest-i-didnt-do-it/2013/04/03/

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