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Pulitzer Prize for photojournalist Danish Siddiqui

  • Category
    International Relations
  • Published
    17th May, 2022

Context:

Siddiqui and his colleagues Adnan Abidi, Sanna Irshad Mattoo and Amit Dave from the Reuters news agency won the Pulitzer Prize, for “images of COVID’s toll in India”.

Danish Siddiqui:

  • He was on assignment in Afghanistan last year when he died.
  • The award-winning journalist was killed in July last while covering clashes between Afghan troops and the Taliban in Spin Boldak district of Kandahar city.
  • This is for the second time that Siddiqui has won the Pulitzer Prize.
  • He was honoured with the prestigious award in 2018 as part of the Reuters team for their coverage of the Rohingya crisis. 

The Pulitzer Prize:

  • The Pulitzer Prizes were established by Joseph Pulitzer, a Hungarian-American journalist and newspaper publisher, who left money to Columbia University upon his death in 1911.
  • A portion of his bequest was used to found the School of Journalism in 1912 and establish the Pulitzer Prizes, which were first awarded in 1917.
  • There are 22 Pulitzer categories.
  • In 21 of those categories the winners receive a $15,000 cash award and a certificate.
  • Only the winner in the Public Service category of the Journalism competition is awarded a gold medal. 
  • The Public Service prize is always awarded to a news organization, not an individual, although an individual may be named in the citation.
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