Egypt: TV Host Suspends Program in Protest

CAIRO -- A prominent Egyptian political talk show host has suspended his program indefinitely to protest what he says are efforts by the country's authorities to stifle freedom of expression.

The presenter, Yosri Fouda, says in a statement Friday that his decision is a "cry from the heart" against pressure from Egypt's military rulers to silence supporters of the revolution's goals.

He says officials are trying to use the media to create "an alternative nonexistent reality."

Thursday's episode of Fouda's "The Final Word" was not broadcast. It was expected to host a vocal critic of the country's military rulers.

Egypt's ruling generals have come under unprecedented criticism for their handling of a protest last week that spiraled out of control, leaving 27 demonstrators dead.