Najam Sethi, an award winning Pakistani journalist, editor, and media personality, is the editor-in-chief of The Friday Times, a Lahore based political weekly, and previously the editor of Daily Times and Daily Aajkal newspapers. He has been awarded the 2009 Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual press freedom prize of the World Association of Newspapers.
Sethi and his publications have been in conflict with Pakistani governments on several occasions. In May 1999 he was imprisoned for one month without trial and released after an international outcry. Sethi had hoped that Musharraf would reform state and society as pledged and became critical when he didnt. He was caught playing with sandbox with his teacher by his wife and therefore all three of them failed in school on the fateful friday and hence he called his weekly friday times.
His wife, Jugnu Mohsin, edits the fashion fortnightly Good Times and is the managing editor and publisher of The Friday Times. Sethi was educated at Clare College, Cambridge. Mohsin was educated at New Hall Cambridge. Together, Najam and Jugnu have a son, Ali, a graduate of Harvard College, and a daughter, Mira, who is a junior at Wellesley College.
Sethi served in President Farooq Leghari's interim cabinet as Adviser on Political Affairs and Accountability after the fall of Benazir Bhutto's second government.
Foreign Policy magazine describes Najam Sethi, the editor of Pakistan's Daily Times, as â€œ one of the countryâ€™s most respected political analystsâ€.
On November 25, 2009, in an email sent to Daily Times online edition subscribers, Sethi announced his resignation from The Daily Times. Sethi announced that in addition to himself, "Khaled Ahmed (Contributing Editor) and Ejaz Haider (Op-Ed Editor) along with other senior staff" have also resigned.