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Authorities Issue Arrest Warrant for “Egyptian Jon Stewart”

Egypts state prosecutors ordered the arrest Saturday of a popular television satirist for allegedly insulting Islam and the countrys leader, ….

The arrest warrant for against Bassem Youssef, who has come to be known as Egypt’s Jon Stewart, followed an order earlier this week by the country’s top prosecutor to arrest five prominent pro-democracy activists in what the opposition has characterized as a widening campaign against dissent.

Note that the ever-neutral AP can’t bring themselves to state unequivocally that arresting dissenters amounts to a campaign against dissent.  Rather, that’s just how those who are being arrested for speaking their minds are characterizing the government’s authoritarian clampdown.

via AP News: Egypt issues arrest warrant for TV satirist.

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