New Delhi: Photojournalists and journalists across the country paid tribute to Reuters photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, who was killed while covering a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters in Kandahar Friday.
According to Reuters, Siddiqui was embedded as a journalist with Afghan special forces earlier this week and was reporting on fighting between Afghan commandos and Taliban fighters. On Friday, Siddiqui and a senior Afghan official were killed in the crossfire.
The Press Club of India (PCI) and The Working News Cameraman’s Association held a candlelight meeting on the lawn of PCI Saturday evening, in Siddiqui’s memory.
Photojournalists from various organisations lit candles and mourned the death of the Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer. Students from Jamia Millia Islamia, his alma mater, also held a candlelight vigil for him.
The Bombay News Photographer Association and the Mumbai Press Club also remembered the Reuters photojournalist.
Journalists from Kolkata and Kerala paid tributes to Siddiqui by lighting candles and also keeping cameras near his picture Friday.
Siddiqui was the chief photographer of Reuters and had been working with the news agency since 2010. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for his coverage of the persecution of Rohingyas in Myanmar.
In the past two years, Siddiqui’s photographs of the Delhi riots and the pandemic in India had gone viral.