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World 'Press Freedom' Day: Sri Lanka arrests and releases Pulitzer prize-winning photojournalist on bail

World 'Press Freedom' Day: Sri Lanka arrests and releases Pulitzer prize-winning photojournalist on bail

Danish Siddiqui

Sri Lanka had a unique way of observing World Press Freedom Day. Its police arrested photojournalist Danish Siddiqui who works with Reuters. 

The police had arrested Siddiqui for entering the premises of a school in Negombo, a town which had witnessed the worst attacks during the recent Easter bombings in Sri Lanka. The official death toll has varied but it is believed that more than 250 people died due to the terror attacks. 

Siddiqui, who is based in India, was on the job when the police arrested him on charges of wrongful entry based on accusations by the school's principal. A court in Sri Lanka had remanded him to custody till May 15 but, following a special motion by his lawyer, Siddiqui was released on bail, reports The Indian Express.

Siddiqui is one amongst the seven-member team which has been awarded the coveted Pultizer prize this year for their reporting on the exodus of the Rohingya people from Myanmar. Two of the seven journalists are currently serving jail terms in Myanmar following a conviction for violating its Official Secrets Act.

Read more about the two Reuters journalists being held in Myanmar at: https://www.reuters.com/subjects/myanmar-reporters

 

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Photo: Danish Siddiqui FB profile