Egyptian TV host accused of insulting Morsi


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The Independent Online

Prosecutors are investigating a popular television comedian for allegedly insulting the President. An Islamist lawyer filed the charges against Bassem Youssef, whose show on the private satellite channel is modelled on Jon Stewart's The Daily Show in the US.

Youssef has outraged conservatives and garnered fans among liberals for parodying public figures. The general prosecutor's office said it was examining claims that he insulted President Mohamed Morsi by putting the Islamist leader's image on a pillow and parodying his speeches. It is the latest in a series of charges filed by Islamist lawyers against media stars for allegedly insulting Mr Morsi.