“The one who stood in the eye of the storm”: Jamia Millia Islamia’s statement on the death of Danish Siddiqui

17 July 2021
Mohammad Meharban
Mohammad Meharban

On 16 July, Danish Siddiqui, a Pulitzer-winning photographer, was killed while on assignment in Afghanistan. Siddiqui was the chief photographer for Reuters at the time. He was a prolific photojournalist whose images spoke to defining moments in Indian democracy in recent years. Following his death, the alumni of the Jamia Milia Islamia university in Delhi, where Siddiqui was a student of MA Mass Communication from 2005–2007, released a statement in his honour. The statement is reproduced below.

Statement - JMI Journalism Alums Group

Jamia Millia Islamia journalism alums group condole the death of alumnus Danish Siddiqui

New Delhi, July 16 -- Jamia Millia Islamia’s AJK Mass Communication Research Centre (AJKMCRC) journalism alums group offers their deepest condolences to the family of Reuters chief photographer Danish Siddiqui, who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for his work. Siddiqui, a student of MA Mass Communication 2005-2007, was a friend to many MA Convergent Journalism alums and worked with a few at Reuters. 

“We are deeply shocked and saddened by the news of Danish Siddiqui’s death. As fellow journalists, we admired his work and celebrated his success. As alumni of AJK MCRC and Jamia Millia Islamia, we are proud of his achievements. He will be remembered not just as an international award-winning photojournalist but also as a human being full of humility and kindness. Many of us have received his guidance and support -- both at the university, where he returned frequently for interactions and on the field. Danish’s death is a reminder for all media organizations to prioritize journalists’ safety. We request the Indian government to support his family in this time of grave loss and help bring his remains back to the country. We extend our condolences to his family and friends. We request everyone to respect his memory by not sharing photographs of his body. Please preserve his dignity in death.” -- Jamia Millia Islamia Journalism Alums Group. 

Keywords: Danish siddiqui Photojournalism Jamia Milia Islamia