|Doaa El Adl's latest cartoon about Bassem|
You can imagine the uproar and anger this move created among the show’s loyal fans especially from revolutionaries.
The Pro-Mubarak/Military/ElSisi fans are happy and they can not deny where as the Muslim brotherhood/Islamist fans are reminding us on how there was more freedom of expression in time of Morsi. “Despite Bassem Youssef was being sued for insulting the president as well Blasphemy”
Several political and media figures including those supporting El-Sisi are against the decision of the channel.
Bassem Youssef is already in Abu Dhabi and his mobile phone is closed. The CBC issued a statement about its decision. Here it is.
We were surprised with the media content delivered to us today in the show "al Bernmag" as it violated what was mentioned in CBC's last statement about the show.The violations show that the producer of the show and its presenter Dr. Bassem Youssef were not committed to the editorial policies of CBC channels. Being committed to CBC editorial policies was mentioned in the signed contract between us and the show producer. We drew the attention of the show's producer and its presenter after airing the last episode that they should be committed to what was issued in the channel's statement. In addition the producer did not present to the channel all the episodes of the previous season despite he received all the sums agreed in the contract and even asked for more sums in order to produce additional episodes ; the thing that is considered another violation to the contract. Thus CBC decided to suspend the show till all the technical and commercial problems are solved.So Bassem Youssef’s show is suspended till further notice !!
Mohamed El Amin , the CEO of CBC
Wow now CBC remembered that there were episodes from last season that were not presented by the producer !! I remember in one of the interviews Bassem Youssef stated that the CBC budget allocated to the show was not enough to produce such show in this way !!
I do not know how Bassem Youssef and his producer are going to work again with CBC next Week.
Well Monatesser El Zayat , the famous Islamist lawyer who is claiming to be Bassem Youssef’s lawyer “I am not sure about this” said on Al Nahar channel TV that Youssef’s contract with CBC stated that there were no restrictions what so ever on the show or its content.
According to Big Pharaoh who attended the show’s shooting last Wednesday , Bassem did not speak about about El Sisi but he rather spoke about the media reaction in Egypt about his season premiere as well Al Jazeera Channel’s media bias. Big Pharaoh also added that in the third part of the episode Bassem slammed CBC for their disgraceful statement last week.
OK since several of the people who attended the shooting are already talking, I too attended, he did bash CBC real hard.
— The Big Pharaoh (@TheBigPharaoh) November 1, 2013
In the episode, Basem Yousef did not touch Sisi. He did bash CBC and expose its double standards.Screenwriter Khaled Diab said on his twitter account that sources in CBC told him that CBC board decided to suspend Bassem Youssef’s show three days ago in order to avoid any future mocking or criticism of El Sisi.
— The Big Pharaoh (@TheBigPharaoh) November 1, 2013
For the record Bassem Youssef mocked CBC and its hosts in his season 2 premiere from a year ago on its screen.
The reactions have not stopped up till now. #BassemYoussef and his show as well #El Sisi are trending on twitter in Egypt now are according to Trends map.
|Egypt's trends map|
|In Jordan and Lebanon|
People are attacking CBC on its official Facebook. Also another group of angry viewers made a Facebook page calling the people to erase the channel from their receivers in solidarity with Bassem Youssef.
Our former vice President also commented about the suspension of the show.
حرية التعبير هي أم الحريات . اذا اقتصرت علي من نتفق معهم فهي شعار أجوف. الشجاعة هي في الدفاع عنها وليست في قمعها. تحية وتقدير لباسم يوسف
— Mohamed ElBaradei (@ElBaradei) November 1, 2013
The freedom of expression is the mother of all freedoms. If it is only limited to those who we agree with then it is an empty slogan. It is bravery to defend it and not to suppress it. Respect and appreciation to Bassem Youssef.Of course people are attacking ElBaradei as usual claiming that he neglected all the problems of Egypt and cared only for a silly TV show. It is not about a silly TV show I am afraid but rather freedom of expression.
Thanks to CBC’s hypocrisy days before Morsi’s trial , the military will find themselves in a deep shit internationally. Already AP and Reuters have run stories in no time on how the world famous satirist was cancelled.
Now people are comparing on how there were more freedoms in time of Morsi when there is none in time of the interim government aka in time of El-Sisi as now comparisons are being done in real time in social media. Now the world will see what happened in Egypt as a coup more and more , no PR company will help whitewashing your tarnished the interim government. The Muslim brotherhood internationally is thanking Mohamed El Amin and the CBC morons for this golden opportunity to prove that Morsi was much more welcoming to opposite views !!
I am already waiting for John Stewart and his two cents about his friend in Egypt.
It is enough that Reem Magued is absent and now Bassem Youssef’s show is cancelled this weekend , I wonder what will happen to Yosri Fouda when he returns to ONTV later this month !!
Updated on 3/11 :
The Egyptian presidency says that it has nothing to do with the decision of the channel as it is an internal decision of CBC.
Bassem Youssef's crew issued a statement and comparing to that scandalous statement of CBC , it is very reasonable.
According to the statement that was published in the official Facebook page , the show's crew members were not notified that the channel suspended the show and they knew the news just like anyone else in Egypt from TV.
The statement also stressed that the show's production company "Qsoft" had abided to the agreements with CBC contrary what the channel claimed. Nevertheless the show's crew announced that it would not make any further statements to the media for fear it would harm "the company's position".
Knowning the deep shit they made the CBC is trying to play nice now , its TV hosts issued a statement claiming that they were standing with Bassem !!