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31.03.2013 Epidemic Hazard Nigeria River State, Port Harcourt [University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital] Damage level
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Epidemic Hazard in Nigeria on Sunday, 31 March, 2013 at 20:01 (08:01 PM) UTC.

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Rivers State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Sampson Parker, hasEpidemic Hazard in Nigeria on Sunday, 31 March, 2013 at 20:01 (08:01 PM) UTC.

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Rivers State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Sampson Parker, has confirmed the death of one patient from Lassa fever in the state. Parker, weekend, in Port Harcourt, said the victim, a 33-year- old man, died a few days ago at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital. He said: “Just a few days ago, my attention was drawn to the isolation of the virus in a suspected case and we lost the patient.” He said that the state government was poised to tackle any outbreak of the disease in the state. “For this purpose, at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, a multi-disciplinary task force has already fashioned an integrated approach to ensure that the disease was contained,” he added. He said the government had acquired adequate drugs to combat the ailment, pleading with residents to keep their environments free from rats and dirt.
Biohazard name: Lassa Fever
Biohazard level: 4/4 Hazardous
Biohazard desc.: Viruses and bacteria that cause severe to fatal disease in humans, and for which vaccines or other treatments are not available, such as Bolivian and Argentine hemorrhagic fevers, H5N1(bird flu), Dengue hemorrhagic fever, Marburg virus, Ebola virus, hantaviruses, Lassa fever, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, and other hemorrhagic or unidentified diseases. When dealing with biological hazards at this level the use of a Hazmat suit and a self-contained oxygen supply is mandatory. The entrance and exit of a Level Four biolab will contain multiple showers, a vacuum room, an ultraviolet light room, autonomous detection system, and other safety precautions designed to destroy all traces of the biohazard. Multiple airlocks are employed and are electronically secured to prevent both doors opening at the same time. All air and water service going to and coming from a Biosafety Level 4 (P4) lab will undergo similar decontamination procedures to eliminate the possibility of an accidental release.
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Status: confirmed

in the state. Parker, weekend, in Port Harcourt, said the victim, a 33-year- old man, died a few days ago at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital. He said: “Just a few days ago, my attention was drawn to the isolation of the virus in a suspected case and we lost the patient.” He said that the state government was poised to tackle any outbreak of the disease in the state. “For this purpose, at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, a multi-disciplinary task force has already fashioned an integrated approach to ensure that the disease was contained,” he added. He said the government had acquired adequate drugs to combat the ailment, pleading with residents to keep their environments free from rats and dirt.

Biohazard name: Lassa Fever
Biohazard level: 4/4 Hazardous
Biohazard desc.: Viruses and bacteria that cause severe to fatal disease in humans, and for which vaccines or other treatments are not available, such as Bolivian and Argentine hemorrhagic fevers, H5N1(bird flu), Dengue hemorrhagic fever, Marburg virus, Ebola virus, hantaviruses, Lassa fever, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, and other hemorrhagic or unidentified diseases. When dealing with biological hazards at this level the use of a Hazmat suit and a self-contained oxygen supply is mandatory. The entrance and exit of a Level Four biolab will contain multiple showers, a vacuum room, an ultraviolet light room, autonomous detection system, and other safety precautions designed to destroy all traces of the biohazard. Multiple airlocks are employed and are electronically secured to prevent both doors opening at the same time. All air and water service going to and coming from a Biosafety Level 4 (P4) lab will undergo similar decontamination procedures to eliminate the possibility of an accidental release.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed

Lassa fever: 33-yr-old man killed in Rivers

On March 31, 2013 · In News
8:42 pm

By Jimitota Onoyume

Port Harcourt – Rivers State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Sampson Parker, has confirmed the death of one patient from Lassa fever in the state.

Parker, weekend, in Port Harcourt, said the victim, a 33-year- old man, died a few days ago at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital.

He said: “Just a few days ago, my attention was drawn to the isolation of the virus in a suspected case and we lost the patient.”

He said that the state government was poised to tackle any outbreak of the disease in the state.

“For this purpose, at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, a multi-disciplinary task force has already fashioned an integrated approach to ensure that the disease was contained,” he added.

He said the government had acquired adequate drugs to combat the ailment, pleading with residents to keep their environments free from rats and dirt.

 

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Nigeria: ‘Why Health Minister Must Be Sacked’

By Francis Okeke, 11 March 2013

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In this interview, President of the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) and head of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) Comrade Ayuba Wabba reiterates the call for the resignation or sack of the Minister of Health Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, challenges and solutions to effective healthcare delivery in the country.

The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) recently issued a statement on the crisis in the health sector and the need for the Minister of Health to resign. Do you think his resignation or sack is the best way out of the crisis?

Certainly, we are still insisting that the minister should honourably resign. Our struggle as you are aware is a struggle towards the welfare and wellbeing of our members and also campaign for quality health service.

Throughout this struggle, we have not in any way derailed as purportedly put into the media by agents which I can say are of the minister. This we have proven beyond reasonable doubt. The fact also is that the minister ought to address the issues which have led to where we are today. That is, our collective bargaining agreement of 2010, no more no less.

To join issues and begin to sponsor falsehoods like they did in the publication of Thisday Newspaper of 21st January, 2013 entitled “JOHESU has derailed” putting imaginary names that don’t exist is most unfortunate.

Public officers must take full responsibility for their actions and inactions. I have said times without number that this is the worst of times in Nigerian healthcare delivery and I have my reasons.

One; diseases that have been eradicated in the pass are emerging now. One clear example is Lassa fever; Lassa fever had been eradicated and controlled years back but suddenly, it is re-emerging. That is to tell you that our healthcare system is not doing well.

Second is the issue of measles and many other communicable diseases which can be controlled and prevented. All those issues point to the fact that our healthcare delivery system is not doing well.

Therefore, who should be responsible because Mr. President has delegated responsibility to the minister to make sure that healthcare delivery system in Nigeria reaches its highest peak. This is not the situation now; in fact its nose diving at a very fast rate. Those are the issues; it is not about being sentimental.

What have you done to disabuse the minds of members of the public with regards to the misleading publication against your members?

We don’t want to join issues with persons that want to score a cheap point. Our thinking is that such propaganda would have died with the military. We thought that with the political dispensation, the constitution makes it very clear that every citizen has a right to advance his interest and also canvass for issues in a democratic setting in a peaceful manner and that is what the health workers have been doing. However, we have directed our lawyers to take the matter to court.

We have been very peaceful, every action we have taken, we first communicate to the minister in writing and in most situations we don’t receive response. All issues we communicate directly to the president, to the security agencies, and we inform them of what is happening. It is also very clear that if care is not taken, the health situation in Nigeria, by the time it completely nosedived, it will take a lot of efforts and resources for it to be resuscitated. We still maintain our call for the minister to honourably take a bow and for the Federal Government to look for people that are competent enough to be able to drive any transformation agenda in the health sector.

It is obvious the minister has refused to heed your call, what other strategy do you have?

Our agitation and our engagement have of recent been actually directed at the president because he is the head of all the agencies in the country and therefore appoints whoever he deems fit to drive the process of change and transformation in all the ministries. The ministers are directly answerable to him, so if for any reason a minister is not performing as in the case of Onyebuchi Chukwu; even in the newspapers you can see the analysis of ministries’ performances, he happens to be the least, it is our thinking that certainly Mr. President needs to act very fast so that the situation does not degenerate. I am convinced beyond reasonable doubt that if performance is the yardstick of making sure that ministers and people in government retain their positions, then Onyebuchi Chukwu’s days are numbered in government.

 

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Published on Mar 31, 2013

Two people in Shanghai have died after being infected with H7N9 avian flu. A third person is in critical condition.

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China downplays new bird flu fears

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Published on Mar 31, 2013

Two Shanghai men have died from a lesser-known type of bird flu in the first known human deaths from the strain, and Chinese authorities said Sunday that it wasn’t clear how they were infected, but that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission.

A third person, a woman in the nearby province of Anhui, also contracted the H7N9 strain of bird flu and was in critical condition, China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission said in a report on its website.

There was no sign that any of the three, who were infected over the past two months, had contracted the disease from each other, and no sign of infection in the 88 people who had closest contact with them, the medical agency said.

H7N9 bird flu is considered a low pathogenic strain that cannot easily be contracted by humans. The overwhelming majority of human deaths from bird flu have been caused by the more virulent H5N1, which decimated poultry stocks across Asia in 2003.

The World Health Organization is “closely monitoring the situation” in China, regional agency spokesman Timothy O’Leary said in Manila.

“There is apparently no evidence of human-to-human transmission, and transmission of the virus appears to be inefficient, therefore the risk to public health would appear to be low,” O’Leary said.

One of the two men from Shanghai, who was 87, became ill on Feb. 19 and died on Feb 27. The other man, 27, became ill on Feb. 27 and died on March 4, the Chinese health commission said. A 35-year-old woman in the Anhui city of Chuzhou became ill on March 9 and is being treated.

The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention conducted tests and confirmed Saturday that all three cases were H7N9, the health commission said.

Scientists have been closely monitoring the H5N1 strain of the virus, fearing that it could mutate into a form that spreads easily among people, potentially sparking a pandemic. So far, most human cases have been connected to contact with infected birds.

 

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China bird flu: Two men die in Shanghai

BBC News

H5N1 Bird Flu virus
The H5N1 virus has caused more than 360 deaths since 2003

Two men have died in the Chinese city of Shanghai, after contracting a strain of bird flu not previously known in humans, Chinese officials say.

The men, aged 27 and 87, both fell ill with the H7N9 strain in February and died some weeks later in March, Xinhua news agency reported.

A woman of 35 who caught the virus elsewhere is said to be critically ill.

It is unclear how the strain spread, but the three did not infect each other or any close contacts, officials say.

While both men who died were in Shanghai, the third victim was reported in Chuzhou in the eastern province of Anhui.

According to China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission, all three became ill with coughs and fevers before developing pneumonia.

Commission experts said on Saturday the cause had been identified as H7N9, a strain of avian flu not thought to have been transmitted to humans before.

There is no vaccine against the strain, the commission said, adding it was currently testing to assess its ability to infect humans.

Another strain of bird flu, H5N1, has led to more than 360 confirmed human deaths since 2003 and the deaths of tens of millions of birds.

The World Health Organization says that most avian flu viruses do not infect humans and the majority of H5N1 cases have been associated with contact with infected poultry.

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This serves as a strong warning to those who value their anonymity. If you aren’t already accessing the Internet through VPN or another deidentifying service, you may be ‘on the list.’ Go silent today! VPN is one effective option. I use TOR. VPN will allow you to use some services that TOR blocks to protect you, but VPN costs money and TOR is free.

Important Message From JWR: The FBI’s Cookie Caper and the VPN Imperative

It has just come to my attention that from August of 2011 to November of 2011, the FBI secretly redirected the web traffic of more than 10% of SurvivalBlog’s US visitors through CJIS, a sprawling data center situated on 900 acres, 10 miles from Clarksburg, West Virginia. There, the Feebees were surreptitiously collecting the IP addresses of my site visitors. In all, 4,906 of 35,494 connections ended up going to or through the FBI servers. (Note that this happened several months before we moved our primary server to Sweden.) Furthermore, we discovered that the FBI attached a long-lived cookie that allowed them to track the sites that readers subsequently visited. I suspect that the FBI has done the same to hundreds of other web sites. I find this situation totally abhorrent, and contrary to the letter of 4th Amendment as well as the intent of our Founding Fathers.

I recognize that I am making this announcement at the risk of losing some readers. So be it. But I felt compelled to tell my readers immediately, because it was the honorable and forthright course of action.

Working on my behalf, some volunteer web forensics experts dissected some cached version histories. (Just about everything is available on the Internet, and the footprints and cookie crumb trails that you leave are essentially there for a lifetime.) The volunteers found that the bulk of the FBI redirects were selected because of a reader’s association with “Intellectual Property” infringing sites like the now defunct Megaupload. But once redirected, you were assigned a cookie. However, some of these were direct connections to the SurvivalBlog site (around 4% of the total.) So if they had kept this practice up long enough and if you visited us enough times then the FBI’s computers would have given you a cookie. This has been verified with sniffer software.

Bad Cop, No Cookies

For your privacy, I strongly recommend that you disable cookies when web browsing. Here are some detailed instructions on how to do so for the most popular web browsers:
•Disabling Cookies in MS Internet Explorer
•Disabling Cookies in Firefox
•Disabling Cookies in Safari
•Disabling Cookies in Netscape
•Disabling Cookies in Google Chrome
•Disabling Cookies in Opera
•Disabling Cookies in Konqueror

But beyond that, more must be done to protect your privacy. You need to be proactive.

Install and Use VPN!

I am now imploring all SurvivalBlog readers to immediately install and use Virtual Private Network (VPN) on their computers. This will allow you to surf the Internet anonymously. Anyone that tries to track web site visitors e-mails will see your visit as originating from one of dozens of anonymous URLs in Europe, or elsewhere in the United States. (With most VPN services, you may pick the city of your choice.) With VPN active, your connection to the Web is “tunneled”, emerging at a far-distant IP address, and it it would be very difficult to track back to your home IP address. Setting up VPN takes just a few minute to accomplish. Once installed, you can set VPN to turn on automatically by default when you start your PC, Mac, or Linux computer. Most VPN providers charge $5 to $20 per month. You can toggle off VPN with the click of your mouse. (You will find this necessary if you visit any of the few web site that disallow overseas IP addresses, such as Netflix). But I recommend that you leave VPN turned on, as much as possible. Set it up to turn on each time that you start up your computer. It is crucial that you use VPN whenever you visit web sites, blogs, and forums that are deemed politically incorrect, or whenever you purchase storage food or firearms accessories on the Web. For those of you that are not tech savvy, ask a friend or relative under age 25 to set up VPN for you. It is not difficult.

Some recommended VPN service providers include:

  • StrongVPN ($55 to $240 per year. One of the most flexible in reassigning the far end of your tunnel on the fly. Superior speed.)
  • 12VPN ($79 per year.)
  • AceVPN ($55 per year. A bare bones service, but one of the least expensive.)
  • HideMyAss. (Just under $79 per year.)
  • PureVPN. ($75 per year for their basic service.)

(Some reviews of the various services are available here. )

Note that some of the lower cost services might see your connection speed suffer. Your Internet connect will seem noticeably slower than using your original ISP, alone.

It is my hope that in the next two months SurvivalBlog’s site visit map will shift substantially, giving the appearance that most of my readership has moved to Switzerland. Say “Ein Glück, dass wir den los sind” to the FBI’s snooping! It would warm my heart to soon see SurvivalBlog ranked as one of the most popular web sites for readers with Swiss IP addresses.

Beyond VPN

Because government agencies have access to lots and lots of computing power, VPN is not completely impenetrable. It is vulnerable to penetration during the key exchange phase. With the resources available to a state actor, sniffing the entirety of the traffic into and out of a web site is trivial these days. (They can use massively scalable horizontally-scaled virtual sniffers — i.e. using a visualization engine and a template they can keep adding more virtualized instances of a windows or Linux based sniffer program and not even impact the performance of the connections.) I believe that the next loop of the threat spiral in the privacy wars will be Quantum Key Distribution (QKD). But I must clarify that this will become important only for the most high profile media commentators, bloggers, and activists. This is because all the spook legions with all of the mainframe computers in the world simply cannot backtrack everyone’s VPN tunnels. (And, as VPN becomes more and more popular, this supposed goal will become even more elusive.) And if you are high profile, don’t worry. Some very bright people are already working on QKD. Stay tuned.

Our Liberty is Stake

I want apologize for the cost, inconvenience and time required in implementing the foregoing security measures. But you can sleep a little better, knowing that you’ve added a layer of anonymity to your Internet presence. We need to recognize that the early 21st Century is a delicate time for individual liberty. Technology is leapfrogging while at the same time databases are filling at an alarming rate. These databases could provide dossiers on demand, for nefarious purposes. How you vote and how you “vote with your feet” (physically or virtually) are both of tremendous importance. Pray hard. Choose wisely. Act accordingly.

P.S.: For those who are web software savvy, I had originally planned to post the latest version of the actual “foresee-alive.js” Javascript code that the FBI used to attach the cookies. But then it was pointed out to me that ironically, revealing this might constitute copyright infringement, opening me up to a intellectual property lawsuit. That has an odd sort of irony that got me thinking. This predicament somehow dovetails with two bits of history. The first instance is from the First World War: I have read that the U.S. Government paid patent license fees to Mauser before and during the hostilities of the Great War with Imperial Germany. This was because the M1903 Springfield rifle was correctly adjudged a patent infringement on the Mauser Model 1898. During the war, the patent payments continued, conveniently handled by Swiss bankers, acting as middlemen. The U.S. taxpayers paid Mauser of Germany about $1 per rifle plus additional penalties that would have eventually totaled $250,000 USD, up until the U.S. entered the war. It has also been rumored that some payments continued to arrive even after the U.S. Congress declared war on the Kaiser’s Germany. (We’ll have to wait for the release of Jon Speed’s next Mauser book to read the details.) This historical tidbit is just once notch below what happened two decades later when Germany’s Nazi regime had the temerity to sell full fare train tickets to some Jews, to cover the costs of their forced relocation to the designated ghettos before their planned extermination. Oh, but the Nazi bureaucrats were so conciliatory. They only charged children half fare to be sent to their deaths. (If you doubt this, then read the book Fathoming the Holocaust by Ronald J. Berger.)

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LAPD Refuses To Pay Dorner Reward Because They Murdered Him Instead Of Captured

Just a  message  to all those  out there that  are  counting on  the  monies  promised  by government organizations to snitch  on  neighbors and acquaintances.  Do you  trust  the  government  enough to  believe  they  will keep their  word  to a  snitch?  If  they won’t  pay  up for information leading to a  person that  was being  sought  for  murder charges.  What  do you  think they  will care  about  paying  you  for  snitching on  your neighbor or  co-worker for just  talking or  gardening or  OMG,  food and  water  storage ( gasp)?  Wake  up !!

~Desert Rose~

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MOXNEWSd0tC0M .

Published on Mar 30, 2013

March 30, 2013 NBC News
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Published on Mar 29, 2013

Web users’ online communications may be about to get a wider and possibly unwanted audience. The FBI is seeking more powers to spy on people’s emails and internet chats in real time. The proposals have already been met with criticism, that they are a complete breach of privacy. RT’s Marina Portnaya reports.

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Amazing video of a fawn born on the beach amongst the barnacles and seaweed on Vancouver Island.

Way to go little guy!

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~Unslave Humanity Tactical Media: http://whynotnews.eu/?p=2078 ~credits video-edit: Anthony Bacala III http://goo.gl/Hq0Ay “Over the last week I have witnessed an ongoing trend on duality, this time around with guns at the forefront of the debate. After some inner searching, I have come to two conclusions.The government has us right where they want us, yet again, getting our blood boiling and our weapons and ammunition stocked up. While I fully support the right to bear arms, I am seeing a deeper agenda at work.”

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***PLEASE READ*** The recent conspiracies are but a single pixel in the big picture!If these recent events have woken you up to the fact that something’s not right in the world today, it’s time to take a look at how we can change things. Peacefully. Without a single drop of blood shed.Let’s regain our sovereignty! Power to the people, not the corrupt!We shall overcome!***An updated after posting this video***When I made this video it was merely to spark a connection with centuries old plans to bring society down, and a manner in which one country fought this peacefully.While the exact steps may not work here, the principle will.Recent controversies are waking people up, but this can be scary when they realize, “Whoa, the real reality is kind of a shit-storm right now.”I merely wanted them to realize that the problems they are facing, and even the potentials on the horizon have been documented and in gear for quite a long time.Also, I do not wish to see any sort of civil war breakout, or have any unnecessary blood shed on American soil. I am aware by even putting this video out, I am now falling into the category of a “low level terrorist,” but I am also placing myself in the category of a “high level patriot.”I wish to see peace, as most of the citizens do.I have two members of my family that have been forced to kill in order to protect themselves and those around them serving the police and Marines. I know that these actions have plagued their minds and hearts.We all want peace.We also don’t want the greedy to keep on stealing from us, as our livelihood is sucked down the drain.I am only 25, so I admit I have a lot to learn. However, I am wise enough to know that things need to be changed immediately.I have no political or religious affiliation. I was raised Catholic, and was even a confirmation sponsor three times. Our family missed mass less than 10 times from the time I was born until I was about 20. I am not going to go there, but I am just saying, I have walked that path and am aware of it.My point is, I am just seeking peace for this country. If that means speaking out against the corrupt, thus making me a potential criminal, I will not let it slow me down. I just want to spark a wave of awakening to the potentials for peaceful revolution throughout the globe. It is up to the people of each community to decide the manner in which they wish to bring this about.

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Originally posted on Survival Sherpa:

by Todd Walker

 

Change is inevitable. Survival is optional.

One of the most liberating days in your life is when you come to realize you are responsible for your own success. No more excuses. No more blame game. You’ve entered the no-victim zone.

The concept of survival distills down to pain management and increasing pleasure. Bingo! You start planning. You spent long hours studying, reading, buying, and mining data to build the perfect system. You attend preparedness expos, interact on discussion forums, devour books, and maybe even start a blog.

Congrats! Your hard work has finally paid off.

Just as you finalize your sacred plan, even before the laminating film cools, some world event or local elected thug makes it a non-perfect plan. An unexpected health issue, job loss, or simply ignoring that nagging gut feeling about your family’s future can blow your plan to nothingness.

The beauty of pressure…

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03/31/2013

Information warfare is the 21st Century equivalent of class warfare, with people like Aaron Swartz (threatened with decades of imprisonment, then bullied by prosecutors into taking his own life), Barrett Brown (imprisoned, awaiting trial and threatened with life imprisonment), Jeremy Hammond (same), Julian Assange (under investigation by Grand Jury) and Bradley Manning (facing life sentence in upcoming trial) as its most notable victims whom the US Government has decided to make an example of so as to deter others from following suit. Some have described leakers, whistleblowers, hackers and those that publish the information subsequently released by them as modern-day Robin Hoods, engaged in liberating information from the oligarchs of politicians, banker barons and their ilk. Today we focus on what is happening with Barrett Brown (and, in doing so, expand upon some of his investigations).

(Note: title of this article is a reference to Frankie Goes To…

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Egypt satirist questioned for insulting Morsi

Bassem Youssef, known for satirical news show, released on bail after questioning over Islam and president ‘insults’.

Last Modified: 31 Mar 2013 14:22
Al Jazeera

Bassem Youssef, a popular Egyptian prominent television news presenter and satirist, has been questioned by prosecutors over allegations that he insulted Islam and the country’s president, Mohamed Morsi.

Youssef turned himself in after the prosecutor-general issued an arrest warrant for him on Saturday. He was released on bail of $2,200 (15,000 Egyptian pounds), an official in the prosecutor’s office said on Sunday.

The warrant for Youssef was the latest legal action to take aim at a critic of Mohamed Morsi. The comedian is accused, among other things, of undermining the standing of President Morsi. The prosecutor-general issued the arrest warrant after at least four legal complaints filed by Morsi supporters.

On his official Twitter account, Youssef said he was handing himself over on Sunday, “unless they kindly send a police van today and save me the transportation hassle”.

The warrant marks the latest in a series of legal actions against the comedian, who has come to be known as Egypt’s Jon Stewart.

Youssef’s widely watched weekly show, ElBernameg, or The Programme, has become a platform for lampooning the government, opposition, media and religious leaders. The fast-paced show has attracted a wide viewership.

The presenter has been a frequent target of legal petitions, most of them brought by lawyers who have accused him of “corrupting morals” or violating “religious principles”. He has faced several court cases in the past, also accusing him of insulting Morsi.

Gamal Eid, a lawyer for Youssef, said this is the first time an arrest warrant has been issued for the comedian.

Widening campaign

Arriving at the prosecutor general’s office on Sunday, Youssef was wearing an oversized version of a graduation hat modelled on one donned by the president when he was awarded an honorary degree in Pakistan earlier in March.

Youssef has worn the hat on his widely-watched show, one of many satirical jabs at the president. Last year, he poked fun of
Mursi’s repeated use of the word “love” by singing a love song to a red pillow with the president’s face printed on it.

The questioning of the comedian has raised fears over freedom expression in the post-Mubarak Egypt.

“It is an escalation in an attempt to restrict space for critical expression,” said Heba Morayef, Egypt director at Human
Rights Watch.

Prominent liberal politician Mohamed ElBaradei said it was the kind action only seen in “fascist regimes”. “It is the
continuation of the failed and ugly moves to thwart the revolution,” he said.

Youssef’s questioning came after the prosecutor-general issued five arrest warrants for prominent political activists accused of inciting violence against the Muslim Brotherhood, the group that propelled Morsi to power in last year’s election. The prosecutor’s office has also summoned several other prominent media figures for questioning over accusations they
insulted the president.

Eid said the warrant fits into a widening campaign against government critics, media personalities and activists.

“The prosecution has become a tool to go after the regime’s opposition and intimidate it,” Eid said.

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