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The Chaser will host The 16th Inaugural Chaser Lecture and dinner at Sydney Town Hall on Monday 9 November 2015.

For over four decades The 16th Inaugural Chaser Lecture has been the nation’s most respected and prestigious Chaser Lecture, following in the tradition of the Andrew Olle Media Lecture, the A.N. Smith Lecture in Journalism and the Bronwyn Bishop Ethics Oration.

In a major departure from the previous fifteen Inaugurals, the 16th Inaugural Chaser Lecture will be delivered by one of the world’s most respected and influential political comedians, Bassem Youssef.

Dubbed “the Jon Stewart of the Arab World”, Bassem Youssef is the former cardiothoracic surgeon who created and hosted the TV program Al Bernameg, which won national and international acclaim for its hilarious and bold criticism of Egypt’s ruling elites. Al Bernameg began as a 5-minute show on YouTube during the Arab Spring, and quickly became the most watched show across the Middle East, with over 30 million viewers a week.  Al Bernameg was terminated in 2014 due to political pressure. Bassem Youssef and his family now live outside Egypt for their own safety.

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Bassem Youssef was named in Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2013. In that year the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) named Bassem the winner of the International Press Freedom Award, which was presented to him by The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart.

The 16th Inaugural Chaser Lecture will be held at a formal dinner hosted by The Chaser on Monday November 9 and will also feature an after-dinner conversation between Bassem Youssef and MC Julian Morrow as well as audience questions.

Buy tickets now online for seats at the gala dinner or seats in the galleries. If you’d like to buy a whole table (10 people) please email for EFT details.

All proceeds from The 16th Inaugural Chaser Lecture go to supporting the freedom of expression campaigns of  global human rights charity ARTICLE 19, whose current focus in this region is the sedition charges faced by Malaysian cartoonist Zunar (2015 winner of the International Press Freedom Award).

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