World Bulletin / News Desk
A comedian who outraged Egypt's now deposed Muslim Brotherhood rulers with his satirical TV show is to be investigated by the current army-backed government, a state-run newspaper reported on Monday.
Bassem Youssef, often called Egypt's answer to U.S. satirist Jon Stewart, returned to the airwaves on Friday for the first time since the army ousted Mohamed Mursi, the ousted president he used to lampoon in jokes and song-and-dance routines.
Youssef turned his comic jibes on the new government, joking about the popularity of army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and implying that no one had heard of interim President Adly Mansour.
The programme was enough for public prosecutor Hisham Barakat to launch an investigation, after a viewer complained that it had harmed the public interest and risked creating chaos in the country, Al-Ahram newspaper reported.
Youssef, who was arrested under Mursi's government and appeared in court on charges - later dropped - of insulting the president and Islam, carefully poked fun at various political camps in Friday's broadcast, but stopped short of an outright assault on Sisi, whose image adorns posters across Cairo.
His arrest under Mursi was criticised by liberals who said the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak was going back toward autocratic rule.
With a new military-backed government in place, activists say similar assaults on press freedom and on other civil liberties like the right to protest, seem all too likely.
"I am not with the those who attacked us and called us heretics ... and publicly called for our imprisonment," Youssef said on his Friday show.
"At the same time, I am not with hypocrisy, deification of individuals and creation of pharaohs," Youssef said. "We are afraid that fascism in the name of religion gets replaced with fascism in the name of nationalism."
Mursi's ouster on July 3 was followed by the worst violence in Egypt's modern history, including the violent clearing of Muslim Brotherhood protest camps in which hundreds of the group's supporters were killed.
Thousands more, including the movement's leadership, have been arrested.
Egypts Foreign Minister has said that no journalists in Egypt were imprisoned in Egypt as a result of their reporting.
A Palestinian in central Israel was attacked by three Jewish extremists early on Sunday morning.
Five Houthis killed in the fighting, says pro-Hadi source, as militia reportedly fires shells across Saudi border
What has become an embarrassment to the Sisi government has suffered a further blow with an Egyptian court postponing a verdict for three Al-Jazeera journalists, a second time.
Egypt has extended its deployment of armed forces to defend Arab security in the Gulf for another six months
Syria conducts 6,673 air raids, highest since start of uprising in 2011, killing 791 civilians, monitoring group says.
Although ISIL is meant to be a target of the US led coalition to halt it, senior political sources in the region have said that the governments are turning a blind eye to the oil sales that helps funds the terrorist group.
People are upset about quality of water and electricity supply across the country
Iran's top nuclear negotiator says parliament does not have authority over the nuclear agreement
Cairo would announce its verdict on August 10 to allow for 'further deliberations'
Human cost of clashes in Iraq in July reaches at least 1,332 people, says UNAMI
Russian, US, Saudi officials will discuss peace moves in Syria, Yemen and Libya
Kurdish regional government denounces PKK and says PKK should leave Iraqi Kurdistan
17-year-old was shot by Israeli troops on Friday while protesting murder of Palestinian infant by Jewish extremists
Khaled Bahah is highest ranking official to return to the devastated city since government announced its liberation in mid-July
Pro-Assad daily Al-Akhbar reported that Ali Mamlouk had flown to Saudi Arabia for a meeting with Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman