LAHORE - The memoirs of one of Pakistan's best-known journalists Inam Aziz 'Stop Press A Life in Journalism' was launched at a local hotel on Tuesday. The launch was well attended by bureaucrats, academics, literary critics, journalists, and media people. The speakers at the launch included Head, School of Media and Mass Communication, Beaconhouse National University Dr Mehdi Hasan, Director Human Rights Commission of Pakistan I A Rehman and lmtiaz Aziz, an employment law advocate and the son of the author. The author's sons Nadeem Aziz, Tariq Aziz and grandson Shahan Aziz were also present. Shahan read excerpts from the book. Video clippings on the life and work of Mian Aziz were also shown to the audience. This account of his life in journalism was originally written in Urdu and has been translated into English by Khalid Hasan. Aziz described his autobiography, as 'a piece of reportage to show what different and interesting experiences anyone wishing to be associated with the profession of journalism in a developing country has to pass through'. His long career in journalism began soon after Independence and remained his passion and his abiding commitment throughout his life. Aziz rose to become Editor daily 'Jang'. From print journalism, he went into broadcasting in the 1960s and worked for the BBC's Urdu Service for several years. During the dark days of Zia's rule, Aziz's Urdu daily 'Millat' was the lone voice of dissent at home and abroad. The author chose the title 'Stop Press' to underscore the attempts by govts to prevent journalists from printing the truth, particularly in countries where illegitimate regimes and army coups are the norm. Hassan said he paid tribute to only those who stayed here in Pakistan during Ziaul Haq's 11-year-rule. He regretted that the author was a journalist but he had not mentioned more than three journalists name in his whole book while he had mentioned many govt officials' names.   He praised the author for mentioning that the country's first censorship was applied to Quaid-e-Azam's speech of August 11, 1947. "The speech of Quaid was censored by Ch Muhammad Ali and he sent the advise to the newspapers. The author also mentions about the assassination of Liaquat Ali Khan. A constable shot the assassinator to remove all evidence just like they have now removed the evidence about Benazir Bhutto's death. The constable instead of being questioned was promoted," he said while pointing out that the book could serve as a reference book. He said the author could not become popular as he worked on the desk all his life. Rehman said the late Aziz belonged to the partition generation and tells the whole story of the generation. Calling Aziz an able, brave, and respected figure in Pakistan's newspaper journalism Managing Director, Oxford University Press, Ameena Saiyidin her introductory address, said that the book provides an insight into journalism in Pakistan and the pressures faced by journalists. She said that it was an excellent account of the politics of this country from 1947 until the early 1990s.