First Published: 2013-04-06

 

Bassem Youssef ‘wipes the floor’ with Muslim Brotherhood and Qatar

 

In one of most explosive episodes of his television show, Egyptian humorist opens fire on Islamist President, Prosecutor General, Muslim Brotherhood and Qatar.

 

Middle East Online

‘I would love to know how you make your decisions’

CAIRO – In one of the most explosive episodes of his television show, Egyptian humorist Bassem Youssef on Friday opened fire on Islamist President Mohammad Morsi, the Prosecutor General, the Muslim brotherhood and Qatar.

Qatar’s criticism was like no other ever made of the small yet powerful and rich Gulf state.

Youssef mocked Qatar, considered by many as a staunch ally of the Muslim Brotherhood, through presenting a song "Qatari Habibi" a satirical version of the song "My Dear Nation, My Great Nation” written by Ahmed Shafiq Kamel and composed by distinguished musician Mohammed Abdel Wahab.

The episode was Youssef’s first since facing charges of insulting the country's President and Islam.

"I would love to know how you make your decisions," Youssef said of Morsi, comparing him to a magician drawing his ideas out of a hat.

He ridiculed the pro-Morsi media and the prosecutor involved in the case against him.

"It's not fear... but after my visit to the prosecutor, I decided not to talk any more about Morsi. So I'm going to talk about the prosecutor, especially his problems!" he joked.

Youssef regularly skewers the country's ruling Islamists on his wildly popular weekly programme Albernameg (The Show), which is modelled on Jon Stewart's US satirical The Daily Show.

He is currently out on $2,200 bail after an interrogation on Sunday that lasted nearly five hours.

He was questioned on accusations of offending Islam through "making fun of the prayer ritual" and of insulting Morsi by "making fun of his international standing".

He is also subject to a new investigation for "threatening public security".

The charges against the Egyptian satirist have raised international concerns and Morsi himself on Wednesday stressed Egypt's commitment to freedom of expression, insisting that citizens' complaints, not his office, were behind the probe against Youssef.

However, the soaring number of legal complaints against journalists has cast doubt on Morsi's commitment to freedom of expression -- a key demand of the popular uprising that toppled his predecessor Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

Youssef's high profile case prompted the United States to express "real concerns" about the direction being taken by the Egyptian government.

 

IS jihadists move closer than ever to central Damascus

A year on, recapture of Yazidi hub remains a distant prospect

EU leaders call for action to defend migrants’ 'dignity'

Palmyra temple appears ‘largely intact’ after ISIS blast

Over 10,000 Icelanders ready to welcome Syrians

Libya loyalist forces battle IS jihadists in Benghazi

South Sudan peace deal in jeopardy

Pressure builds on Europe as refugee crisis exposes splits

Israel confirms jail for Druze ex-MP over visit to Syria

Egypt much delayed elections to start on October 17

Turkey to offer cash rewards for tips on ‘terrorists’

Yemen children's hospital on the verge of shutting down

In gruesome video, ISIS shows burning alive of Iraq Shiite fighters

Four years after famine, situation in Somalia remains alarming

IS blows up parts of famed Palmyra temple

Deadly fire at housing complex of Aramco in Saudi Arabia

In historic first, Saudi Arabia allows women to run in local elections

Israel repels protesters with tear gas at separation barrier in West Bank

ISIS brutality in Syria: Over 90 people executed in one month

Bashir to visit China despite international arrest warrant

Egypt summons British envoy in row over Al-Jazeera trial

Yemen war seeks to stop ‘Iran expansion’ in Arab region

Lebanon protesters to government: Meet our demands of face escalation

Calls for action on refugee crisis mount after Austrian tragedy

Kuwait lawmaker describes Iran as 'true enemy' of Gulf Arabs

Two French journalists charged with bid to blackmail Morocco King

Algeria detains former intelligence chief

Kurdish forces free seven Iraq villages from clasps of ISIS

Toll in Libya shipwreck tragedy rises to 111

Egypt court hands Al-Jazeera reporters three years in prison

UN to host new round of Libya peace talks next week

US names ‘First Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs’

Mounting death toll of security forces triggers questions in Turkey

Deadly terrorist blast rocks Karanah suburb in Bahrain

Brief truce between Syria regime and rebels collapses

Al-Qaeda lashes 10 in Yemen for blasphemy, alcohol

Turkey PM to form cabinet ahead of November polls

Iraq PM orders forces to prepare to open Green Zone

71 'Syrians' dead in Austria truck tragedy

UN conference on plight of minorities persecuted by IS

Spain judge accuses suspect of running IS Morocco network

Yemen army recruits 4,800 southern fighters

Israel to use agriculture to win friends in Africa

Syrian refugees desert Middle East for Europe

At least 76 die as boat sinks off Libya