(AP) The production company of Egypt's widely popular satire show says it has decided to leave the private station that took it off the air after it lampooned the military and the recent nationalist fervor gripping the country.
QSoft said in a statement Sunday that it had failed to convince CBC to resume broadcasting Bassem Youssef's program. It said it is taking legal action against the network over "financial and moral damages."
CBC took Youssef's program off the air earlier this month after the new season's first episode, saying he violated "the journalist code of ethics" and had delivered fewer episodes than agreed upon.
Qsoft called CBC's reasons a "pretext" and said its decision reflected badly on freedom of expression in Egypt.