Syracuse SPJ will host 'Tickling Giants' screening, Q&A with director on Feb. 15 at Newhouse

February 13, 2017

The Syracuse chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) will host a screening of “Tickling Giants” on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Halmi Screening Room, 141 Newhouse 3. The event is co-sponsored by the Newhouse School’s Tully Center for Free Speech. Follow on Twitter at #JournalismMatters.

“Tickling Giants” is a feature-length documentary about Bassem Youssef and the show “Al Bernameg,” the first political satire show in Egypt. Youssef, a former cardiac surgeon, created the show following the Arab Spring, modeling it after Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show.” The show draws some 30 million viewers per episode, but is also highly controversial in a country where free speech is not guaranteed. Despite increasing danger, Youssef employs comedy to comment on hypocrisy in media, politics and religion.

The film was directed by Sara Taksler, a senior producer on “The Daily Show.” Taskler answer questions via Skype following the screening.

RSVP online at For more information, contact Ellen Meyers at 781-552-1146 or

This event is supported by the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. The Newhouse School stands for ethical, independent, fair and accurate journalism, and for its important function as a check on the power of government. We advance those values through our curriculum and our support of students, faculty, staff and alumni. In an era of tremendous challenge to the profession, we do this because journalism is essential to democracy.


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