The Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration has handed down a hefty 50 Million LE fine to Egyptian cardiologist-turned-satirist, Bassem Youssef, and his production company, Q-Soft.
The punishment comes in light of what CBC owner, Mohamed Al Amin, has called ‘financial and literary losses’ for the privately owned Egyptian TV channel after the show was cancelled before being moved to MBC last year.
Al Bernameg was suspended in 2013 after a mildly controversial episode which dissed the Egyptian military and messiah of the masses, Abdel Fattah El Sissi.
CBC have said that Youssef had “violated the [channel's] editorial policies” with the arbitration panel judging Youssef’s brand of humour nonconstructive and that Al Bernameg was “smearing the country’s political direction.”
Youssef reportedly plans to appeal the outrageous fine. Good luck with that.