Egyptian Satirist Released on Bail

    Egyptian satirist and television host Bassem Youssef is surrounded by his supporters upon his arrival at the public prosecutor's office in the high court in Cairo, on March 31, 2013.  Egypt's public prosecutor ordered the arrest of popular satirist Youssef over alleged insults to Islam and to President Mohamed Morsi, in the latest clampdown on critical media.  AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI        (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Bassem Youssef, Egypt’s popular satirist, turned himself in to authorities on Sunday, one day after being served with an arrest warrant for insulting the president. Youssef, a frequent critic of President Mohamed Morsi, tweeted on Sunday that he would be turning himself in “unless they kindly send a police van today and save me the transportation hassle.” Youssef’s widely watched show, called ElBernameg, or The Programme, has been compared to The Daily Show, attracted the ire of the government officials before, but this is the first time an arrest warrant has been issued. He was later released on bail.

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