Suhail Warraich

FOE Link or motive by PPF

Confirmed

Case Update Status

Journalist denied to talk on the updates

Summary of Case

"On 16 Sep, 2021 a book by senior journalist Suhail Warraich was removed from book stalls within hours of its arrival. The book, ‘Yeh Company Nahi Chaley Gi’ (which translates to: “This company will not work”), is a compilation of Warraich’s columns already published in daily Jang and on BBC Urdu. According to Warraich the content of the book is previously published columns. He said that he found that “some circles” have objected to the book’s title page. “Yesterday, I was also contacted and told that the cartoon on the title page undermines the dignity of the prime minister,” he said. Warraich said that he did not think that there was anything objectionable in the cartoon on the title page of the book. He said that cartoons are made in a “light mood” and they are always seen in a “light manner”. “But despite this, late at night, on the insistence of a lot of my friends and groups, we removed it from Twitter.” He added that they will change the title page of the book. The controversial book cover features a cartoon showing Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa sitting on a chair and Prime Minister Imran Khan playing on the floor besides him with a ball and a doll. On one side of the cover, leading opposition leaders — former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, former President Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan People’s Party Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Vice President Maryam Nawaz —peering in from the window. The book is now available in online stores and in a pdf with the same controversial cover page."

Category of Incident

Censorship

ICCS Status

ICCS Divisions: 0803-Acts related to freedom of expression or control of expression

ICCS Group: 08039-Other acts related to freedom of expression or control of expression

ICCS Class: N/A

ICCS Crime: Acts related to freedom of expression or control of expression

Reported By

PPF

Date of incident

16

Month

Sep

Year

2020

Name of affected person

Suhail Warraich

Other affected persons

No other person affected

Name of affected organization

No other organization affected

Other affected organizations

No other organization affected

Action by

Unidentified Persons

City

Lahore

Province

Punjab

Designation

Writer

Professional category

Journalist

Age of victim

N/A

Marital Status

N/A

Compensation Details

Amount of compensation announced by government: No compensation announced by Government

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Amount of compensation announced by others: No compensation announced by Government

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FIR Details

Was FIR registered ?: No

Court Details

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Journalist Union Status

PFUJ

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APNS

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CPNE

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PBA

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