Taha Siddiqui
Taha Siddiqui

Taha Siddiqui is an award-winning Pakistani journalist who fled to Paris, France, after narrowly escaping an armed abduction in January 2018. He has reported for The New York Times, The Guardian, France24, Al Jazeera, Christian Science Monitor, The Telegraph, Arte and others and won the Prix Albert Londres in 2014 for his documentary on polio in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He also manages safenewsrooms.org, which was shortlisted for the Prize for Independence by RSF Press Freedom Awards in November 2018, and lectures on social media and journalism at prestigious French university Sciences Po.

The Systematic Silencing of Pakistani Journalists

Taha Siddiqui’s eye-opening investigation leaves no doubt that not toeing the government’s line in Pakistan can leave journalists languishing in jail with no fair trial, or possibly even being killed for simply doing their jobs. Siddiqui describes his harrowing abduction before his dramatic escape. His vivid storytelling about the dangers his colleagues face in Pakistan, the clampdown on social media voices opposing the government, and the extent the military goes through to silence dissent is a testimony of his bravery and love for his country.


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