19 Jul Pulitzer Prize-winning Reuters photojournalist, Danish Siddiqui, killed in Afghanistan
Source: DP Review
Danish Siddiqui, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Indian photojournalist for Reuters, was killed on assignment in Afghanistan last week. Siddiqui was traveling with a convoy of Afghan forces, near a border post in Pakistan, when an ambush by Taliban militants killed him and an undisclosed number of people. He was 38 years old.
‘We are urgently seeking more information, working with authorities in the region,’ Reuters President Michael Friedenberg and Editor-in-Chief Alessandra Galloni 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.’
Siddiqui, who is based out of Mumbai, had been working with Reuters for over a decade and was the agency’s chief photographer. He was covering violent clashes in the Kandahar region ahead of President Joe Biden’s September 11th deadline for U.S. troops to withdraw from Afghanistan. The Taliban has been conquering more territory as forces pull out, sparking concerns that Afghanistan’s government could eventually collapse.
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In 2018, Siddiqui won a Pulitzer Prize in feature photography, alongside his colleague Adnan Abidi and five others, for coverage of the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh. His group was cited by The Pulitzer Prizes ‘for shocking photographs that exposed the world to the violence Rohingya refugees faced in fleeing Myanmar.’
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