Welcome to Danish Siddiqui Foundation

The foundation is established in memory of renowned Pulitzer-winning photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2021. The foundation aims to promote and propagate value-based journalism through various programs and initiatives for students, professionals, and freelancers.

“To be a photojournalist, you always see everything from the very first row. And it's an honor. An honor because you carry a lot of responsibility of people who can't be there and you're their eyes and sometimes ears. What I hope a photograph can do is to let people see their loved ones in place of the person in the photograph. I see myself as a connection between my subjects and my audience who I think can standup and make a change for the good"


Value-based Journalism

The Danish Siddiqui Foundation is dedicated to promoting value-based journalism, recognizing its crucial role not only in reporting but also within newsrooms and beyond. This commitment is the cornerstone of all our programs.


Maintain the highest standards of journalism ethics and be firm in moral principles while reporting.


Be sensitive, compassionate, & maintain the highest standards of professional journalism.


Display moral, ethical, or physical courage and determination despite facing intimidation.


Deliver truth and report objectively and accurately without any bias.

What Leading Journalists Say

Our Focus Areas


Journalism Education Programs Supported by Scholarships & Grants


High Risk Assessment, Safety Guidelines & Hostile Environment Trainings


Dedicated Platform to Train & Develop Skills for NextGen Photojournalists

Journalism Scholarships

An Immersive Scholarship Program provides students with a comprehensive learning environment outside the classroom while taking care of the financial barriers to education for an all-round development.

Rising Reporters

Empowering young journalists to address vital issues across diverse topics, making a substantial contribution to the field through their impactful storytelling, creating positive change in the world of journalism

Journalist Safety

Ensuring the safety of frontline journalists is crucial in high-risk areas. Specialized training is essential to navigate unique threats and challenges that journalists face in conflict zones or areas of heightened danger

Photo Contest

Designed to showcase the power of images in storytelling. This contest aims to encourage aspiring photojournalists to capture compelling stories that ignite conversations through their photographs. 

Danish Siddiqui Freedom Award Winners 2022

by Kisan Trust India

Prof. Rekha Verma

Social Activist

Ajit Anjum

Senior Journalist

Adnan Abidi



Are you interested in Journalism ?

Are you curious about the world around you, have a sense of humor, and be willing to learn? Do you have a passion for going out in the world to find stories that will educate, inform, uncover, expose and trigger people's interests and emotions? Apply for the Danish Siddiqui Journalism Scholarship Program.

Scholarship Winners 2023

Udisha Shrivastav

I am thrilled that I have been awarded the Danish Siddiqui Journalism Scholarship, and I feel incredibly honored. I am looking forward to working on my project idea under this year’s theme, ‘Journalist Safety,’ and adding value to the community.

Rahat Touhid

I am delighted to have been selected for the prestigious scholarship. I am hopeful of contributing positively towards ensuring a safe working environment for journalists. The path for brave reportage has been boldly paved by Danish Siddiqui, it is an opportunity to be selected here, to take the fight and the legacy ahead.

Umaima Khanam

As a passionate young woman with a clear vision for the future of journalism, I have embarked on a path that would allow me to use the power of mass media to tell compelling stories & make a positive impact on the world. Receiving the scholarship has not only financially backed me but also felt like a recognition & appreciation of my work.

Aman Jaiswal

I believe this scholarship will act as a driving force, adding a new feather of journalistic skills to my cap and helping me to serve society through my words, voice, and writings. While at the same time allowing me to realize a career in fact & data-based journalism.


For me, this scholarship is a beautiful start toward my dream of being a photojournalist or a filmmaker who tells stories of love, hope, and resistance. I want to use the power of visual storytelling to shed light on the stories that are often left untold, and to capture the beauty in the world around us

News & Views


Killed By The Taliban​

Indian Photojournalist Danish Siddiqui's Death During His Coverage Of The Taliban War In Afghanistan Is Shrouded In Mystery. As His Family Seeks Crucial Answers, News9 Plus Carries Out This Eye-Opening Investigation.

Episode 1

Family and journalists reveal chilling details about the brutal murder of Danish Siddiqui

Episode 2

New9 Plus digs deeper into the circumstances leading to Danish Siddiqui's death on the frontline