Bassem Youssef, Egypt’s Top TV Satirist Pulled Off Air, People React With Anger (VIDEO)

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Angry protesters take to the streets of Cairo over the cancellation of a satirical TV show critical of the Egyptian military.

Angry protesters take to the streets of Cairo over the cancellation of a satirical TV show critical of the Egyptian military.

Several dozen turned out to demonstrate as night fell on Saturday.

Bassem Youssef's show was pulled off air on Friday, a week after he poked fun at the army chief who ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

An anchor on the CBC channel said the previous episode had caused public discontent and violated editorial policy.

Yet Youssef's criticism of General Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi was mild compared to the jokes he aimed at the ousted president.

But this is a time of intense nationalism when the Egyptian media has been almost uniformly fawning in its coverage of Sisi.

Critics say the military is tightening its grip on power and returning the natino to its previous era of iron-fisted rule, an allegation it rejects.

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