Danish Reuters photojournalist Siddiqui killed in Afghanistan
Danish Reuters photojournalist Siddiqui was killed in Afghanistan on Friday while covering fighting between Afghan security forces and the Taliban.
According to a report From Reuters, Siddiqui was in Afghanistan integrated with the Afghan special forces in Kandahar since the start of this week and was killed in what has been described as Taliban crossfire.
Michael Friedenberg, chairman of Reuters, and Alessandra Galloni, editor-in-chief of the news agency, published the following declaration about Siddiqui:
We are deeply saddened to learn that our photographer, the Danish Siddiqui, was killed in Afghanistan.
The Danish was part of the Afghan special forces in Kandahar province when they were attacked on Friday morning.
We are urgently seeking more information, working with the authorities in the region and supporting the family and colleagues of Danes.
Danish was an outstanding journalist, Pulitzer Prize winner, devoted husband and father, and much appreciated colleague. Our hearts go out to his family at these terrible times.
Siddiqui was part of a team of photojournalists awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for covering the Rohingya crisis. But his career has included coverage of a wide variety of current events, including the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as recent conflicts in Hong Kong and events in his native India.
Siddiqui once said that while he loved to cover news from politics to business and sports, “what I love most is capturing the human face of a breakup story.” And this is surprisingly evident in his work – from the moving and eloquent images of the suffering of the Rohingya, to the tension of a war zone in Afghanistan, to the joyful scenes of everyday life in places as far apart as India and the North. Korea.
Siddiqui brought both empathy and artistry to the images he produced. All of this can be seen here in this selection of images throughout his career. His death is a huge loss to the photojournalism community.
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