The real tragedy of Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef’s censorship is he played a role in it – Vox

The news is, unfortunately, hardly surprising. Since taking power in a coup in June 2013, military leader Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and his government have dramatically curtailed civil liberties and dissent. Still, while Youssef’s censorship is certainly awful in its own right, it’s also part of a much larger and more complicated Egyptian tragedy — one in which Youssef himself could be said to have played a role.It is hardly surprising that Sisi’s government would never tolerate an independent satirist like Youssef. What is darkly, tragically ironic — and not well known among Americans who celebrate Youssef’s accomplishments — is that Youssef himself cheered on the rise of that government when it was targeting Egyptians less similar to himself.

via The real tragedy of Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef’s censorship is he played a role in it – Vox.

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