‘Zamir’ in Urdu means ‘conscience’, and that is what Zamir Niazi, that great chronicler of media freedoms and censorships, was to so many of us – our conscience. It seems that Dawn Media Group, Hameed Haroon and its Management and some of the members of the Editorial Staff lack Zamir i.e. conscience in English.
Shamelessly the Senior most Correspondent/Cloumnist Ms. Zubeida Mustafa [Remembering Zamir Niazi By Zubeida Mustafa Wednesday, 24 Jun, 2009 http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/editorial/remembering-zamir-niazi-469] has written while eulogizing Late. Zamir Niazi
ZAMIR Niazi, that indomitable champion of press freedom and honesty in journalism, died five years ago in June. His deep interest in the print media — its performance, its role as the disseminator of news, its relationship with the powers that be and the treatment it received from the rulers — prompted him to keep a close eye on the press. The theme of Mr Minto’s talk was ‘The space for civil rights between the state and the terrorists’. He spoke what we expected him to say — a full-blast critique from the left of the political and economic system in Pakistan. He lamented the absence of democracy in the country that had robbed the people of their fundamental rights. There was the traditional denunciation of feudalism, the establishment, the military and the religious extremists. In the debate on socialism, Michael Albert, co-editor of ZNet, has a point when he suggests that movements should foreshadow a future that is self-managing, classless and polycultural. “Seeking transformed economic institutions requires that we begin to create such institutions in the present but also that we fight for. [Remembering Zamir Niazi By Zubeida Mustafa Wednesday, 24 Jun, 2009 http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/editorial/remembering-zamir-niazi-469]
One is amazed at the hypocrisy of this English Speaking Class of Pakistan and they also think that they are Secular and Liberal too! The only word which is appropriate is hypocrite and that too of highest degree because for those who belonged to the Perverted Jamat-e-Islami and other Deviant Mullah Clans of Pakistan at least we know about them as to from where they are coming but about this Club of Hameed Haroon and Co. you cannot predict.
Now read as to how this Dawn Media Group and Hameed Haroon violate the so-called Cherished Prinicples which were upheld by Late. Zamir Niazi and praised by the very Senior Editorial Staff/Management of Dawn Media Group under the very nose of Mr Hameed Haroon.
NOTE: Please keep in mind the Services of Late. Zamir Niazi for the Press Freedom and article by Ms. Zuebida Mustafa above while reading the text below that the launching ceremony of the DAWN NEWS TV http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/home/ channel was presided by a Military Dictator General Pervez Musharraf. The same Daily Dawn in September, 2000 and in 2001 raised hell against General Pervez Musharraf's Martial Law Regime. [Read More in the text below]
Daily Dawn was allegedly founded by the Founder of Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
* November 16, 2001
Army officer in Islamabad assaulted Dawn reporter Faraz Hashmi after their cars bumped on the road. The police refused to register a case on Hashmi's request and the attack, which left him injured, came just days after he put an uncomfortable question to President Pervez Musharraf in a press conference, which visibly infuriated the president.
Hameed Haroon is Chief Executive Officer of The Dawn Media Group (DMG), Pakistan’s leading media conglomerate. The Group comprises Pakistan Herald Publications (Pvt.) Limited, the printers and publishers of DAWN newspaper and three leading magazines, Herald (current affairs) Spider (Information Technology) and Aurora (marketing and advertising); DawnNews Pakistan’s first and to-date only English language news channel; City FM89 radio and DAWN.COM-arguably Pakistan’s most visited news web portal. [Couurtesy: Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hameed_Haroon]
As per News update 25 May 2007 [AAJ NEWS 2100 HOURS].
On 25 May 2007 the DAWN NEWS CHANNEL's test transmission was commenced and guess what the opening ceremony was addressed by Generalissimo Generalissimus Il Presidente Mr Parvez Musharraf. Whereas the so-called Beacon of the Press Freedom i.e. Pakistan Herald Publication Limited or to be precise Daily Dawn [DATED 25 MAY 2007] says:
"“In our endeavour to establish DawnNews we are enormously helped by our legacy – The legacy of DAWN, that was founded by the Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah on 14th August 1947 in Karachi, the same day our nation was born. We believe that by facilitating access to information of the highest quality and with a defined commitment to clarity and accuracy, we can enable Pakistan’s young generations to assume their place as informed citizens of the world.”
But Jinnah had never dreamt of Controlled and Guided Democracy by Military Dictator as well as he never dreamt of that a Military Dictator would be addressing a forum founded by a Lawyer of Impeccable Character i.e. Mohammad Ali Jinnah
The most amazing thing is this that after all these years of boastful claims of Freedom of Press and leaseholding of Basic Human Rights, on 27 March, 2009, Mr Hameed Haroon at the behest of Editor Dawn Mr Abbas Nasir and Part TIME EXECUTIVE RATHER Hatchet Man of DAWN NEWS CHANNEL, sacked more than 70 employees in the name of reorganizing [Read Retrenchments and Iron Kick] the Dawn News Channel and this step is itself tantamount to Financial Murder and this is the step for which Hameed Haroon and Pseudo Leftists of Saadat-e-Amroha in Dawn Editorial Board hounded the several Civilian Government of 90s. Following is the list and names of Working Journalists/Technicians who have been summarily dismissed:
1 - The Dawn Media Group & Violation of Journalist's Rights - 1
2 - The Dawn Media Group & Violation of Journalist's Rights - 2
3 - The Dawn Media Group & Violation of Journalist's Rights - 3
4 - The Dawn Media Group & Violation of Journalist's Rights - 4
5 - Daily Dawn, Hameed Haroon, Hamid Mir & Nuclear Bombs
6 - The Dawn Media Group & Violation of Labour Laws
7 - The Dawn Media Group & 7th Wage Board Award
8 - The Dawn Media Group & Insecure Jobs of Journalists
9 - Dawn News TV sacked 80 Employees & Sacked KESC Workers.
10 - The Dawn Media Group & Abuse of Labour Rights
11 - The Dawn Media Group & Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists
12 - The Dawn Media Group & Manufacturing Consent - 1
13 - The Dawn Media Group & Manufacturing Consent - 2
14 - The Dawn Media Group & Plight of Journalists.
15 - The Dawn Media Group & Working Conditions of Pakistani Journalists - 1
16 - The Dawn Media Group & Working Conditions of Pakistani Journalists - 2
SO MUCH FOR LATE. ZAMIR NIAZI AND PRESS FREEDOM IN PAKISTAN!