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Egyptian Satirist Bassem Youssef Terminates his TV Contract

Categories: Middle East & North Africa, Egypt, Freedom of Speech, Media & Journalism

This week has seen yet another episode of the Bassem Youssef saga. Unfortunately, it wasn't aired on TV or YouTube but was of the legal kind. Indeed, the satirist, and his production partner Qsoft, have announced on his official Facebook page [1] that they have decided to terminate their contract with the program's host channel, CBC.

Earlier this month, CBC has decided to suspend the popular TV show [2], whose return was much anticipated by the 30 million weekly viewers around the Arab world, alleging [2] that the content of the first episode “violated what was agreed upon with CBC.”

Khalid Mansour, writer and comedian (he's the world famous “Gamahir” character in the show) tweeted this laconic and ironic picture:

The news was more or less expected and for some, it was even a reason to hope. Among them is film director Ahmad Abdallah, who tweeted [ar]:

I hope that if Bassem Youssef terminates his contract with CBC, he'll post the banned episode on YouTube under Creative Commons license so that channels can show it

Writer Bassem Sabry is also optimistic:

The hashtag [ar] #واحشنا_يا_باسم #WeMissYouBassem expressed the Egyptian Twitterati's desire to see Youssef's return soon. Popular street artist Keizer dedicated [10] one of his painting to Bassem which goes to show that his popularity is still very high despite only being on air once since the beginning of the season:

Artist Keizer dedicates one of his drawings to Youssef [11]

Artist Keizer dedicates one of his drawings to Youssef