Pakistani journalist Zamir Niazi was distinguished and known for his dedication to the freedom of the press in a country known for its political instability. He joined Pakistan's oldest and most popular English-language newspaper, Dawn, in 1954 and quickly rose to the role of sub-editor. In 1962, he became the lead writer and chief sub-editor for Dawn's biggest rival, the Daily News, and in 1965, he moved to the Business Recorder. He stayed at the Business Recorder for 25 years, while writing three books and working at two periodicals on the side. In 2004, he passed away at the age of 72.
Zamir's wrote his book The Press in Chains in 1986. It focused on how the Pakistani government suppressed the media and how the press was handled under the authoritarian government. It ended up getting great reviews and attention, causing it to be printed into several additions and translated into Urdu. He also ended up writing The Press Under Siege in 1992 and The Web of Censorship in 1994.
In March 1995, Zamir received the respected Pride of Performance award from the President of Pakistan. After the closure of six newspapers and the government's failure to control violence that July, he returned his Pride of Performance award and the full cash amount in 1995. With this return, he wrote a detailed letter to the president explain his disappointment and disbelief over the events.
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