Political Humor Triggers US-Egypt Row

The problems between the U.S. and Egypt began even before the Jon Stewart show Monday night. Earlier that day, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland described Youssefs questioning as evidence of a disturbing trend of growing restrictions on the freedom of expression in Egypt.

Morsis supporters say there is no such campaign and the presidents office issued a statement late Tuesday denying that it was behind the arrest warrants. The presidency underlines its complete respect for freedom of the expression and the press, the statement said.

An American TV humor show was at the center of a diplomatic dust-up between the United States and Egypt this week.

Morsis conservative Islamic Freedom and Justice Party denounced Nulands comments as blatant interference in Egypts internal afirs. Egypts Muslim Brotherhood then joined in by saying in its Twitter account on Tuesday that the U.S. government is welcoming and condoning demation of religion.

So Youssefs American role model, The Daily Shows Jon StewartPolitical Humor Triggers US-Egypt Row, came to his defense and lambasted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi over the arrest during his program Monday night.

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The questioning of Youssef, along with arrest warrants issued days earlier against five anti-government activists on charges of inciting unrest, raised concerns among the opposition in Egypt that Morsi had begun a campaign to intimidate them.

He tweeted on Monday: A new complaint against me has been referred to state security prosecution, for spreading rumors and lse news, and disturbing public tranquility after the last episode.

Youssef is now free on $2,200 bail after being interrogated for five hours.

After the program, someone at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo linked to the Stewart show on the embassys official Twitter feed.

Within hours,new york asian escort model the Egyptian presidents office tweeted back to the Embassy, It is inappropriate for a diplomatic mission to engage in such negative political propaganda.

SOON EGYPT WILL BE A POLICE STATE AND THE PROBLEM IN EGYPT WILL GET WORST . ALL JOURNALIST WILL LET THEIR MOUTH SHUT AND ALL OF THESE ACTION WILL NOT SOLVE EGYPT PROBLEM .CIVIL WAR IS A POSSIBLITY

There does not seem to be an evenhanded application of justice here, Nuland said, adding that the Egyptian government had been slow to investigate other cases of suspected police brutality and attacks on anti-Morsi protesters and journalists.

Our point was to say that rule of law needs to be applied appropriately in all circumstances. Its the same point that we make with regard to countries around the world. So, we reject the notion that we were interfering, Humor she said.

Nuland answered back saying her comments reflected the U.S. governments position.

It all started when Egyptian authorities issued an arrest warrant for Bassem Youssef, a TV political satirist known as Jon Stewart of Egypt last week. Youssef then turned himself in for questioning on charges of insulting Islam and belittling Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.

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Stewart talked about problems in Egypt following the Arab Spring uprisings that began two years ago problems such as attacks on women, high unemployment, and crumbling infrastructure. Then the American comedian asked if Youssef had been sabotaging Egypts infrastructure, or harassing Egyptian women on the streets, or causing Egypts unemployment.

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