The BBC commissioned Tariq Ali to write a three-part TV series on the circumstances leading to the overthrow, trial and execution of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, the first elected prime minister of Pakistan. As rehearsals were about to begin, the BBC hierarchyunder pressure from the Foreign Officedecided to cancel the project. Why? General Zia ul Haq, the dictator at the time, was leading the jihad against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. He was backed by the USA. According to expert legal opinion, there was a possibility of a whole range of defamation suits from the head of state to judges involved in the case. In consequence, it was decided not to broadcast this hard-hitting and provocative play.
The Leopard and the Fox presents both the script and the story of censorship.
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About the Author
Tariq Ali is a writer, filmmaker, and longtime political activist and campaigner. He has written more than a dozen books on world history and politics, including The Clash of Fundamentalisms, Bush in Babylon, Rough Music, and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Axis of Hope, as well as scripts for both stage and screen.
Table of Contents
* Introduction by Tariq Ali
* Playscript: The Leopard and the Fox
* Appendix: 2 Legal Opinions