CAIRO: Cairo Court of Urgent Matters adjourned Thursday a lawsuit against satirist Bassem Youssef’s show El-Barnameg (The Program) over insulting public figures to June 5, according to Youm7.
Lawyer Refaay Nasr Allah filed a lawsuit calling interim President Adly Mansour, Prime Minster Ibrahim Mahab, and Minister of Finance Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour to stop broadcasting El-Barnameg over charges of “misleading the public,” according to the case files.
Youssef apologized about airing his show, which was scheduled for Friday, without mentioning the reason behind the apology, according to the Twitter account on May 27: the scheduled episode would have tackled Egypt’s presidential elections process. Channel MBC confirmed the statement also without giving further details. On May 27, Youssef said the future of El-Barnameg will be determined in a few days. Bassem announced on May 22 that the show will be on hold for two weeks due to Easter vacation, France 42 reported.
The lawsuit claims that during the episode aired on March 21, Youssef displayed a map of Egypt labeled North Korea referring that Egypt is a military country ruled by an unjust dictator.
The program had been suspended in October 2013 after airing two episodes, when it was being aired on CBC TV channel, for violating the terms of its contract, according to statement issued by CBC on Oct. 26. In the second episode, Bassem made jokes about former Minister of Defense Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi; the suspension stirred criticism on freedom of expression.
Additional reporting by Sara Osama.