What did Danish Siddiqui's family say about the anti-CAA protests and the photo book on the Delhi riots?

New Delhi: The relatives of Reuters photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, who was brutally murdered in Afghanistan by the terrorist organization Taliban, issued a statement on Tuesday. He has alleged that the authors of a photo book named 'Hum Dekhenge' have made their alleged claims in interviews and added my son Danish Siddiqui's name in the project, for this they did not even ask permission from us. Actually, photographs of anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests and anti-Hindu Delhi riots have been used in the 'Hum Dekhenge' photo book. The journalist's family members said that Danish's suggestion for the 'Hum Dekhenge' photo book raises questions about his professional ethics and credibility.

Let us tell you that last year's photo book titled 'Hum Dekhenge' by Mohammad Mehrban and Asif Mujtaba contains photos of events from December 12, 2019 to March 22, 2020. Meherban graduated from Jamia Millia Islamia and was involved in the Mujtaba Shaheen Bagh sit-in protest. Dedicating this book to his mentor Danish Siddiqui, he said that it was the thinking of the late photojournalist. This book contains a total of 223 photographs, taken by 28 photographers. Danish's father Akhtar Siddiqui said that the book's authors have dedicated it to the late Danish photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, who was assassinated in 2021 during an assignment in Afghanistan. Moreover, during the interview, the authors have also claimed that the book was Danish's thinking.' Now Danish's family has clarified that they have associated Danish's name with their project, which is completely wrong.

Danish's father said, 'We would also like to point out that my son Danish has upheld the freedom and integrity of the press during his life and career as a journalist. He never tried to go beyond his limits. He covered the Shaheen Bagh movement with complete impartiality and neutrality. His professional ethics and credibility are being questioned by showing him as a liar. We are already sad, but the writers have hurt us even more by doing this.' Let us tell you that Danish Siddiqui was a photojournalist associated with Reuters news agency and had gone to the war zone of Afghanistan because of his assignment. On 16 July 2021, news came that he was assassinated by the Taliban. However, during that time media persons like Ravish Kumar, without blaming the terrorist organization Taliban, continued to curse the bullets which hit Danish in the chest.

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