CAIRO – Egyptian authorities have detained a belly dancer who rose to fame for her videos spoofing Islamists and other politicians over allegations that she is running an unlicensed satellite station.
Prosecutors said Monday that Sama el-Masry was taken into custody late Sunday in Cairo.
Earlier this year, she launched a satellite station called "Feloul," a pejorative term used to refer to supporters of longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak, who was toppled in 2011.
El-Masry has used the station to vigorously defend the military and its overthrow last July of Mubarak's successor, the Islamist Mohammed Morsi.
This week, she attacked a former presidential hopeful who filed a complaint against her.