Media campaigns, machinations, a divided opposition, mistrust and a battle of egos. The Syrian regime is pitting citizen against citizen, and the danger of civil war is becoming increasingly acute. Albert Kadir reports from DamascusMore
Never before in the Arab world has a television show unleashed such controversy as the satirical programme "Al Bernameg" ('The Programme') presented by Egyptian television star Bassem Youssef – a furore that was stoked further when its broadcasting slot on the Egyptian broadcaster "CBC" was withdrawn in the wake of the uproar it caused. This makes it a milestone in the history of the freedom of expression in Egypt.