SAWM India is shocked and saddened at the tragic death of Photojournalist Danish Siddiqui while reporting the escalating violence between Taliban and Afghan forces in Spin Boldak, Kandahar. Danish, who worked for Reuters in India was a Pulitzer Award winning journalist. His images from Kashmir after the removal of Article 370, and more recently of the devastation wreaked by COVID-19’s second wave in India shone a light on stories that needed to be told and seen.
His death illustrates the danger journalists face each day reporting from the country. SAWM India also stands in solidarity with all journalists reporting from the battlefield in Afghanistan, especially Afghan women in the media who have been deliberately targeted and silenced by the Taliban while carrying out their journalistic duties. Any negotiations for the future of the country must take into account their voices and must ensure their safety.