Posted: 5:02 p.m. Saturday, March 30, 2013
By David D. Kirkpatrick
New York Times
QALYUBEYA, Egypt —
— Egypt’s state prosecutors ordered the arrest Saturday of a popular television satirist for allegedly insulting Islam and the country’s leader, in a move that government opponents say is aimed at silencing critics of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. The arrest warrant for against Bassem Youssef, who has come to be known as Egypt’s Jon Stewart, followed an order earlier this week by the country’s top prosecutor to arrest five prominent pro-democracy activists in what the opposition has characterized as a widening campaign against dissent.
— In the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, an Egyptian rights group said Saturday that police detained 13 people, including five lawyers, and accused them of assaulting police. The arrests inside the police station mark a rare instance in which lawyers face potential criminal charges.
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