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Egypt abruptly pulls plug on its Jon Stewart

| Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, 9:09 p.m.
File -- In this Sunday, March 31, 2013 file photo, Egyptian television satirist Bassem Youssef — known as Egypt's Jon Stewart —waves to his supporters as he enters Egypt's state prosecutors office to face charges for allegedly insulting Islam and the country's leader, in Cairo, Egypt. A Cairo court turned down on Saturday, April 5, 2013, a separate suit filed by a Muslim Brotherhood lawyer demanding that a popular Egyptian satirist's TV show be banned for allegedly insulting the president and excessive sexual innuendo. There have been multiple complaints filed in courts and to state prosecutors by Islamist lawyers against Youssef and other public figures for their political or religious opinions. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

CAIRO — A private Egyptian TV station on Saturday came under fire from public figures and fans of a widely popular satirist because it pulled his weekly comedy show, which has skewered the military and the country's recent nationalist fervor.

Minutes before the program of Bassem Youssef, the Egyptian Jon Stewart, was to air on Friday, broadcaster CBC suspended it, saying the comedian and his producer violated editorial policy.

The channel's decision appeared to be a reaction to the sharp criticism Youssef received from supporters of the army after his first episode in four months aired last week. The station's CEO said management had warned Youssef.

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