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Pulitzer prize-winning photojournalist killed by Taliban in Afghanistan

Pulitzer prize-winning photojournalist killed by Taliban in Afghanistan

7/16/2021 2:07:00 PM

Pulitzer prize-winning photojournalist killed by Taliban in Afghanistan

Reuters photographer Danish Siddiqui was covering Afghan commando unit near Pakistan border

The Afghan commando said Siddiqui was talking to shopkeepers when the group attacked again, killing him.Photographs filed by Siddiqui in the days before his death showed Afghan special forces being ambushed by the Taliban.Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

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Reuters said it was “urgently seeking more information,” about his death, and its president, Michael Friedenberg, and editor-in-chief, Alessandra Galloni, paid tribute to Siddiqui and his work.They said in a statement: “Danish was an outstanding journalist, a devoted husband and father, and a much-loved colleague. Our thoughts are with his family at this terrible time.”

He was the agency’s chief photographer for India, and part of the team that won the 2018 Pulitzer prize for feature photography for documenting the Rohingya refugee crisis.Siddiqui joined Reuters in 2010, switching from a career in television to become a photojournalist, and his assignments included covering the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Hong Kong protests and earthquakes in Nepal. headtopics.com

Tributes to Siddiqui and his work poured in from around the region and beyond.Rahul Bhatia, a former colleague, wrote: “Danish was a lovely man. When he returned from assignments to the bureau, reporters greeted him like a rock star, which he really was. He was just different. News wasn’t just news for him. He saw the people behind it, and wanted to make you feel.

“This one time he wanted to travel around India to shoot portraits of grieving Muslims, and when you looked closely at the pixels, you’d see each face was made of a thousand other grieving faces. He really cared.”The Afghan Journalists Safety Committee

saidit was “deeply saddened” by the death and called on “both sides of the conflict to protect journalists”.Press freedom and human rights groups have warned of an escalating threat to journalists in Afghanistan, which over the last 20 years has built up thriving media networks that are among the freest in a region often characterised by repression.

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