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Pulitzer Prize-winning Reuters photographer Danish Siddiqui killed in Afghanistan

Siddiqui was the information company’s chief photographer in India, primarily based in Mumbai. Reuters reported Siddiqui’s loss of life on Friday, citing an Afghan commander who mentioned he had been killed whereas overlaying combating between Afghan safety forces and Taliban fighters.

The commander mentioned that Afghan particular forces had been combating to retake a market space close to a border crossing with Pakistan when Siddiqui and a senior Afghan officer have been killed, in line with Reuters.

Reuters reported that Siddiqui had been embedded for the previous week with Afghan particular forces and that he knowledgeable the information company that he had been wounded within the arm throughout an earlier conflict on Friday. The information company mentioned it was “unable to independently verify the details of the renewed fighting described by the Afghan military official.”

“We are urgently seeking more information, working with authorities in the region,” Reuters president Michael Friedenberg and editor-in-chief Alessandra Galloni mentioned in a press release posted on Twitter.

“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,” they added.

An image taken by Danish Siddiqui shows a policeman after being rescued by Afghan Special Forces, in Kandahar, on July 13, 2021.

Siddiqui’s physique has been handed over by the Taliban to the International Committee of the Red Cross, in line with sources at India’s Ministry of External Affairs. The ministry is coordinating the return of his stays with Afghan authorities and the Red Cross.

Siddiqui had been a photographer for Reuters since 2010, documenting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, protests in Kong Kong and taking over assignments in India that ranged from non secular celebrations to the nation’s battle in opposition to coronavirus.

He was a part of a Reuters group that gained the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for work overlaying the Rohingya refugees who have been fleeing Myanmar. The judges described the work as “shocking photographs that exposed the world to the violence” confronted by the minority group.

According to a profile on Reuters’ web site, Siddiqui obtained his first formal coaching in pictures at movie college.

“While I enjoy covering news stories — from business to politics to sports — what I enjoy most is capturing the human face of a breaking story,” Siddiqui mentioned within the profile. “I shoot for the common man who wants to see and feel a story from a place where he can’t be present himself.”

Danish Siddiqui won a Pulitzer Prize for his work on the Rohingya refugee crisis. This photo shows a Rohingya woman touching the shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.
The Press Club of India mentioned in a press release that it was “shocked” on the passing of Siddiqui.

“True journalism needs courage and Danish’s body of work is a testament to that,” it mentioned. “We are at a loss of words.”

Friends and colleagues paid tribute to Siddiqui on Twitter.

“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,” mentioned the journalist Rahul Bhatia.
Henry Foy of the Financial Times described Siddiqui as a “brilliantly talented photographer and a wonderful former colleague.”

“His humour and charm never failed to light up the room, and his work brought critically important stories to our eyes. A total pro, one of a kind: A massive loss to journalism,” mentioned Foy.

— Vedika Sud contributed reporting.

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