The Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the political wing of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, has condemned the United States’ “blatant interference” in Egypt’s internal affairs.
On Monday, US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland censured the government of Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, for allegedly stifling freedom of expression.
Nuland said at a press briefing, “We are concerned that the public prosecutor appears to have questioned and then released on bail Bassem Youssef on charges of insulting Islam and President Morsi. This coupled with recent arrest warrants issued for other political activists is evidence of a disturbing trend of growing restrictions on the freedom of expression”.
Egypt’s prosecutor-general recently issued an arrest warrant for television satirist Bassem Youssef, who has been accused of insulting the holy religion of Islam as well as the president.
On Tuesday, the Freedom and Justice Party said the government is fully committed to freedom of expression.
Referring to Nuland’s remarks about Youssef, the FJP said on its official Facebook page they are outraged at her “unreserved audacity” and her “blatant interference in the internal affairs of Egypt on an issue that is still under investigation” and is being dealt with through the Egyptian legal system.