Egypt issues arrest warrant for TV satirist

FILE - In this Saturday Dec. 8, 2012 file photo, Egyptian TV host Bassem Youssef addresses attendants at a gala dinner party in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt’s state news agency said Saturday, March 30, 2013 that the public prosecution office has issued an arrest warrant against a popular TV satirist for allegedly insulting Islam and the country’s president. The warrant issued Saturday is the latest in a series of legal action against Youssef, known as Egypt’s Jon Stewart. The warrant comes amid a widening crackdown against opposition figures, driving fears over freedoms of expression and assembly. (AP Photo/Ahmed Omar, File)CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's state prosecutors ordered the arrest Saturday of a popular television satirist for allegedly insulting Islam and the country's leader, in a move that government opponents say is aimed at silencing critics of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.


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