This is the same kind of restriction on the freedom of speech that Leftist Sharia enablers such as Eric Posner, Sarah Chayes, and Nathan “Garibaldi” Lean have recently called for in the West — and that are coming to the West, courtesy UN Resolution 16/18 and ongoing Organization of Islamic Cooperation efforts to intimidate Western states into criminalizing criticism of Islam.
“Egypt Orders Arrest of Satirist Over Skits on Islam and Morsi,” by Kareem Fahim and Mayy El Sheikh for the New York Times, March 30 (thanks to David):
CAIRO “” Egypt”s public prosecutor on Saturday ordered the arrest of a popular television satirist on charges that included insulting President Mohamed Morsi and denigrating Islam, a state news agency reported, a move that amplified criticisms that the Islamist government is moving aggressively to silence its critics and stifle freedom of expression.
The satirist, Bassem Youssef, who hosts a widely watched show modeled on “The Daily Show,” has been the subject of numerous legal complaints filed by Islamist lawyers and citizens who took umbrage at Mr. Youssef”s skewering of Egypt”s political class, including Mr. Morsi, his loyalists and the opposition.
But the arrest warrant seemed to represent a sharp escalation of the campaign against Mr. Youssef, with the public prosecutor appointed by Mr. Morsi lending official credence to the complaints. In the nine months since Mr. Morsi took office, his government has been accused of employing the same harsh measures against dissent as did the previous authoritarian leaders, including prosecuting critics, confiscating newspapers and placing sympathetic journalists in state news media organs.
Last week, the public prosecutor, Talaat Ibrahim, ordered the arrest of five anti-Islamist activists on charges that they had used social media to incite violence against the Muslim Brotherhood.
Shortly after the warrant was announced Saturday, Mr. Youssef confirmed on Twitter that he had been summoned and said he intended to visit the prosecutor”s office on Sunday, the beginning of Egypt”s workweek. “Unless they were so kind as to send a police wagon to pick me up today, and save me the transportation,” he added.
It was not immediately clear which episodes of Mr. Youssef”s program, which is watched by millions of people on television or on the Internet, had prompted the warrant. Al Ahram, the state newspaper, said Saturday that prosecutors had considered the testimony of 28 complainants and had examined four episodes.
One complainant accused Mr. Youssef of denigrating Islam and disturbing security, and demanded that the state take “deterrent measures against him so that others with weak resolve wouldn”t dare to insult Islam.” The unnamed critic also accused the television host of insulting the president, including by “underestimating his stature domestically and abroad.”…