Middle East

German TV to give Egypt satirist pan-Arab airing

File - A bodyguard secures popular Egyptian television satirist Bassem Youssef, who has come to be known as Egypt's Jon Stewart, as he enters Egypt's state prosecutors office to face accusations of insulting Islam and the country's Islamist leader in Cairo, Egypt, March 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

BERLIN: German-based broadcaster Deutsche Welle says it will show across the Arab world a TV program by a popular Egyptian satirist who has ruffled feathers at home.

Deutsche Welle said Monday it will show Bassem Youssef's "Al Bernameg" series on its international Arabic channel and online immediately after its first screening on the MBC Egypt channel.

Private broadcaster CBC suspended Youssef's show last fall after the season's first episode, which was highly critical of the nationalist fervor gripping Egypt after the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi, which followed large protests calling for his removal.

Deutsche Welle Director General Peter Limbourg said that its broadcast will bring Youssef's show to people across the region and the decision was meant as "a clear stance in favor of freedom of the press and opinion."





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