There's no love lost between the Islamist government of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, and his critics in the media. 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).
  • Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef on his television program "Al Bernameg" (Photo: YouTube Screengrab)

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

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