Indian journalist killed during fighting in Kandahar

KABUL (SW) – An award winning Indian journalist associated with the Reuters news agency got killed in clashes between the security forces and the Taliban insurgents in Kandahar.

According to the Hindustan Times, Siddiqui was based in Mumbai and had received the Pulitzer Prize as part of the Photography staff of Reuters. He had graduated with a degree in Economics from Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi as well as a degree in Mass Communication from the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre at Jamia in 2007. He started his career as a television news correspondent, switched to photojournalism, and joined Reuters as an intern in 2010.

In the past 21 years since US invasion of Afghanistan, at least 120 local and foreign journalists lost their lives in the line of duty, according to the Afghanistan Journalists Federation.

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Last month, Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) urged the International Criminal Court to probe the spate of killings of the Afghan journalists and media professionals in the war-struck country.

According to the RSF, all of these journalists and media workers were targeted because of their work amid an armed conflict that has seen an increase in violence against journalists and civil society in general since early 2020.