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Egyptian Television Satirist Bassem Youssef in Trouble With Islamists

There's no love lost between the Islamist government of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, and his critics in the media.

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The latest proof of that is an official investigation launched this week against a popular Egyptian television satirist.

Bassem Youssef allegedly insulted President Morsi on his TV show, "Al Bernameg."
The program is modeled after Jon Stewart's The Daily Show.

And Youssef was actually a guest on The Daily Show last June.

But Youssef could be in serious trouble with the Egyptian government at this point.

On his program, Youssef was seen sweet-talking and hugging a red furry pillow carrying President Morsi's image, while mocking his speech style.

An Islamist lawyer claims Youssef has insulted the president and undermined his authority by mocking him in such a public way.

Correspondent Noel King is in Cairo and has been following the story.

King said this is another example of the cultural stalemate that has been going on for a couple of months between outspoken media personalities and supporters of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.

Watch a segment of Bassem Youssef's show starring himself (with captions).

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    Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef on his television program "Al Bernameg" (Photo: YouTube Screengrab)

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    Bassem Youssef with pillow featuring Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. (Photo: YouTube Screen Grab)

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