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U.S. Embassy In Cairo In Twitter Trouble Over ‘Daily Show’ Link
The U.S. Embassy in Cairo temporarily shut down its Twitter feed on Wednesday, deleting a missive it had sent linking to video of The Daily Show in which Jon Stewart defended Egyptian TV host Bassem Youssef. Youssef, aka “The Jon Stewart of the Arab World,” was called in for questioning by the public prosecutor over the weekend to face allegations of insulting Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi. The embassy tweeted a link to the video, but when Egyptian authorities said it was “inappropriate for a diplomatic mission to engage in such negative political propaganda,” the entire account was deleted then restored sans the offending link, The Associated Press reported. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland scolded the embassy as well: “Embassies and consulates and their senior leadership manage the content that is on their feeds and they are expected to use good policy judgment in doing that. Earlier this week, Nuland said the warrant for Youssef’s arrest was “evidence of a disturbing trend of growing restrictions on the freedom of expression.” Egypt’s Freedom and Justice Party then condemned her “imprudent” remarks. (more…)

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