Prominent Pakistani journalist, author and freedom fighter Zameer Niazi passed away on June 11, 2004 in Karachi. He was the first journalist to write a history of Pakistani media. He not only compiled a history of Pakistani journalism but also wrote several books on the subject which are considered to be pioneering and important in this field.
Zameer Niazi’s popular books include Press in Chains, Press Undersea and Web of Censorship. During the rule of General Zia-ul-Haq, his book ‘Press in Chains’ was banned. The book became very popular and included several editions and translations. During the PPP era, when some Syrian newspapers were banned, they protested and returned the Medal of Merit given by the government. Karachi University had also announced to give him an honorary doctorate degree, but Zameer Niazi had refused to go to the Governor House for it.
Zameer Niazi was born in 1932 in Mumbai, United India. His real name was Ibrahim Jan Muhammad Darwish. Zameer Niazi started his journalistic career with a Mumbai-based newspaper Inqilab. Later he migrated to Pakistan and settled in Karachi where he resumed his journalistic journey. After being associated with Dawn and Business Recorder, he left practical journalism to confine himself to research and writing.
Other works by Zameer Niazi include The Gardener of the Desert, Fingers of the Finger, and Fables. This fearless and fearless journalist was laid to rest in the Karachi cemetery.