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Anjum Niaz (1948-2018)

Anjum Niaz (1948-2018)

Before joining journalism, Anjum Niaz taught at the Karachi American School and Pakistan American Council. A master’s in English Literature from the Punjab University, she joined the evening paper - The Star - in 1984 before moving to Dawn in 1987. Her father, Fida Hassan, was chief secretary of West Pakistan.

According to Zubeida Mustafa, a former assistant editor at Dawn, while working at The Star, Anjum “won the Population Institute’s Award for Excellence in Population Reporting.”

As Dawn Magazine Editor, Zubeida says, “she injected in it ‘youthfulness and elegance’; two attributes she possessed.”

Zubeida says the Dawn Magazine “reflected her innovative skills and creativity, her love for diversity, her exquisiteness and her English language skills in crafting words and headlines.”

For Muhammad Ali Siddiqui, Dawn’s Readers’ Editor, she was “a hard-working and well-read person” who rose “rapidly in her career, eventually becoming editor of Dawn Magazine.”

In 1993, Anjum moved to Islamabad when her husband was transferred to the capital by his company. He adds: “There she covered the foreign office, besides writing her column, Crème de La Crème, until 1996 when she resigned and moved to America. From the benefit of hindsight, I say her best days as wordsmith came when she was no more a Dawn staffer.”

After she moved to the United States, Anjum wrote a weekly column – View from US – for Dawn.

She died in New Jersey on October 21, 2018.

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Agha Nasir (1937-2016)

Agha Nasir (1937-2016)

Born on February 9, 1937 in Meerut, India, Agha Nasir was an outstanding director, producer, broadcaster and a TV playwright. After graduating from the University of Karachi, he started his career with a stint with Radio Pakistan in 1955.

Altaf Gauhar (1923-2000)

Altaf Gauhar (1923-2000)

Altaf Gauhar was a man of extraordinary versatility, charm and intelligence. He was born in Gujranwala and received his education from the Government College, Lahore, after which he joined All-India Radio

Khalid Akhtar (1935-2005)

Khalid Akhtar (1935-2005)

Khalid Akhtar was a senior journalist who started his career in 1973 as a Sub-Editor and Editorial Writer with The New Times. He worked with The Muslim in Islamabad as its Executive Editor

F.E. Choudhry (1909-2013)

F.E. Choudhry (1909-2013)

Affectionately known as Chacha in the journalist community, F. E. Choudhry is credited to have introduced innovative features to photojournalism, such as cricket action photography, pictorial and

Abdullah Malik (1920-2003)

Abdullah Malik (1920-2003)

Journalist, writer and political activist, Abdullah Malik wrote in his book Purani Mehfilain Yaad aa Ra'hi Ain: "I can declare with pride that I have spent my entire life wedded to the same commitment

Zafar Iqbal Mirza

Zafar Iqbal Mirza

In the preface of Last Man, a compilation of his columns, Zafar Iqbal Mirza remembers his more than 42 years in journalism as "well and truly through the mill." His Lahori columns are a window

Ahmed Ali Khan (1924-2007)

Ahmed Ali Khan (1924-2007)

Born in 1924 in Bhopal, Ahmed Ali Khan's association with Dawn began in Delhi in 1946 and ended in Karachi in 2004. He remained with the newspaper for nearly 42 years - 28 of them as editor

Altaf Husain (1900-1968)

Altaf Husain (1900-1968)

One of the pioneers of journalism in Pakistan, Altaf first came to notice with his forceful advocacy of Indian Muslims' case in colonial India through articles in the press (as a government servant he

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Press Emblem Campaign demands justice for reporter killed in Dhaka protest

Press Emblem Campaign demands justice for reporter killed in Dhaka protest

 July 22, 2024 Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) expresses shock and grief over the killing of a young reporter Hasan Mehedi during a protest in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The global media rights body demands justice for the slain journalist.

Russia sentences American journalist Evan Gershkovich to 16 years for espionage

Russia sentences American journalist Evan Gershkovich to 16 years for espionage

 July 20, 2024 Evan Gershkovich, a Wall Street Journal journalist, has been sentenced to 16 years in a Russian penal colony on espionage charges. The trial, condemned as a sham by his employer and the White House, marks the first such conviction of an American journalist in Russia since the Cold War.

Anchor Ayesha Jahanzaib reconciles with husband, drops charges in court

Anchor Ayesha Jahanzaib reconciles with husband, drops charges in court

 July 19, 2024 TV anchor Ayesha Jahanzaib has reconciled with her husband and withdrawn the domestic violence case against him in a Lahore court. She expressed her desire to end the legal proceedings despite acknowledging the injustices faced.

Police disrupt PFUJ meeting, arrest hotel manager in Gujranwala

Police disrupt PFUJ meeting, arrest hotel manager in Gujranwala

 July 19, 2024 Press freedom faced another setback in Pakistan as police disrupted the PFUJ's Federal Executive Council meeting in Gujranwala, in a bid to bar opposition leader Omer Ayub Khan from attending and arresting the hotel manager.

Journalist Jahanzaib Ali stands firm after backlash over Pentagon question

Journalist Jahanzaib Ali stands firm after backlash over Pentagon question

 July 19, 2024 Pakistani journalist Jahanzaib Ali faces backlash after posing a question at a Pentagon briefing about potential foreign involvement in an attack on President Trump. His inquiry, interpreted as implicating India, has led to significant media attention.