Lawsuit demanding suspension of Bassem Youssef’s show adjourned to May 29
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CAIRO: The lawsuit demanding the suspension of satirist Bassem Youssef’s El Bernameg TV show was adjourned Thursday to May 29 by the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters to review legal documents,  Youm7 reported.

A couple of months ago, lawyer Refaay Nasr Allah, filed a lawsuit against Youssef, calling on President Adly Mansour , the prime minister and the minister of investment to suspend El Bernameg  for “deceiving public opinion.”

The lawsuit claims that during the episode aired on March 21, Youssef displayed a map of Egypt that read North Korea to signal that Egypt is a military country ruled by an unjust dictator.

Youssef announced in April that his program would be suspended for two weeks for Easter vacations. The Facebook page of MBC Masr, the satellite channel which airs Youssef’s show, announced Thursday the program would be resumed on May 30.

Youssef’s last episodes sparked anger among some Egyptians who accused him of distorting the image of Egypt and demanded the suspension of the program.

Following the episode, a number of social media users criticized Youssef for mocking the military’s HIV cure device, accusing him of underestimating science.

On February 28, Youssef had ridiculed the Egyptian military, former Defense Minister Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s visit to Moscow and the military’s latest invention –  a device which supposedly detects and cures Hepatitis C and HIV infections.

The program had been suspended in October 2013, when it was being aired on CBC channel, for violating the terms of its contract, according to statement issued by CBC on October 26.

Many Egyptian and prominent figures had denounced the October suspension stating that it infracts on freedom of expression.

“The suspension of the show is considered a violation of freedom of opinion and expression,” Hamdeen Sabbahi had said on Nov. 3.

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