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Where political comedy is no joke

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(CNN)It’s the presidency that’s launched a thousand late-night comedy bits. Egypt Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef — sometimes referred to as the “Jon Stewart of Egypt” — was summoned to court in 2013 to face charges of insulting then-President Mohamed Morsi on his comedy show. Although the charges were dropped, Youssef later canceled his show under immense governmental pressure after Gen. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi took power in 2014. In November 2014, Youssef was ordered to pay more than $10 million for his show’s content. Fearing for his safety, he fled the country with his family, eventually coming to the United States. […]
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