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AP Interview: Egypt's top satirist prepares return

AP Interview: Egypt's top political satirist prepares return, not planning to censor jokes

Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef poses for a photograph at his studio in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Youssef, often compared to U....
Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Youssef, often compare...
Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef laughs during an interview with The Associated Press at his studio in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014....
Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef poses for a photograph at his studio in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Youssef, often compared to U....
A man walks outside Egyptian Satirist Bassem Youssef's studio in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Youssef, often compared to U.S. comed...

Mideast Egypt Satirist

Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef poses for a photograph at his studio in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Youssef, often compared to U....

Mideast Egypt Satirist

Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Youssef, often compare...

Mideast Egypt Satirist

Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef laughs during an interview with The Associated Press at his studio in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014....

Mideast Egypt Satirist

Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef poses for a photograph at his studio in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Youssef, often compared to U....

Mideast Egypt

A man walks outside Egyptian Satirist Bassem Youssef's studio in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Youssef, often compared to U.S. comed...

CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's wildly popular television satirist says he and his team are preparing to return to air to poke fun at politics in a country still beset by turmoil following a July military coup.

Private broadcaster CBC suspended Bassem Youssef's show last autumn after the season's first episode, which was highly critical of the military and the nationalist fervor gripping the nation following the popularly backed overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

But Youssef, often compared to U.S. comedian Jon Stewart, told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday that he and his team "never self-censor."

Youssef said: "It's not what we say about the government or don't say, it is how to make people laugh and have a good time. In times like these this is a huge challenge."


Updated : 2021-03-09 16:40 GMT+08:00