'Man with magical eye': Chief Justice pays tribute to Danish Siddiqui at RedInk Awards

CJI NV Ramana, who presented the RedInk Awards in Mumbai, said Danish ‘was rightly regarded as one of the foremost photojournalists of this era.’
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Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, who was killed during an assignment in Afghanistan earlier this year, has been posthumously awarded as the ‘Journalist of the Year' for 2020 by the Mumbai Press Club. Chief Justice of India NV Ramana on Wednesday, December 28, presented the annual RedInk Awards for Excellence in Journalism, instituted by the Mumbai Press Club, in a virtual event.

The CJI presented the prestigious award to Siddiqui "for his spectrum of investigative and impactful news photography". Danish Siddiqui's wife Frederike Siddiqui received the award. "He was a man with a magical eye and was rightly regarded as one of the foremost photojournalists of this era. If a picture can tell a thousand words, his photos were novels," Chief Justice Ramana said while paying tributes to the photojournalist.

Senior journalist Prem Shankar Jha, 83, was bestowed with the lifetime achievement award "for his long and distinguished career of incisive and analytical writing". "His reputation for hard work, the highest ethical standards, and intellectual rigour are unparalleled in the field," CJ Ramana said while congratulating Jha.

The Mumbai Press Club instituted The RedInk Awards a decade ago to recognise good investigative and feature writing, and raise the bar of journalism in the country. Apart from Siddiqui and Jha, various other journalists were awarded in 12 categories as part of the 10th edition of the award event.

Danish Siddiqui is believed to have been killed by the Taliban while he was on a reporting project in Afghanistan in July. Many journalists who worked with him in the past remembered him as a dedicated and brave journalist. Several others recounted him as the photojournalist who took some of the most iconic images that captured the political and humanitarian crises in India and other nations in the past decade.

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