BiographyHe is The Christian Science Monitor's Islamabad-based correspondent, covering Pakistan since 2012. He reports about rising terrorism, persecution of minorities, economic instability, corruption, civil-military affairs in a nuclear-armed country rife with extremism. He frequently travels to the tribal areas of Pakistan, next to the Afghanistan border. Taha hails from the southern port city of Karachi and grew up in Saudi Arabia. He moved back to Pakistan in 2000. As finance graduate, Taha landed in journalism accidentally, taking his first job with CNBC Pakistan as a financial journalist. But journalism became his passion and now he has contributed to several renowned international and local TV, print, and online news organizations including De Welt, The Daily Telegraph, France24, Arte, and Express Tribune. He has also worked at Pakistan's mainstream news channels including Geo News, Express News, and Dunya TV.
Appreciation AwardThe Albert Londres Prize is the highest French journalism award, named in honor of journalist Albert Londres who is credited for having ‘invented’ investigative journalism. It was first awarded in 1933 and is considered the French equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize. The award went to Pakistani journalist and IBA Alumnus of 2006, Taha Siddiqui along with his colleagues Julien Fouchet and Sylvain Lepetit for their documentary, La guerre de la polio (The Polio War) for France 24 a television channel based out of Paris. Siddiqui is the first non-French speaking journalist to have won this award. On receiving the accolade, Siddiqui expressed his bittersweet feeling to DAWN News in these words "I felt strange because I won the award in the same week that the WHO announced putting restrictions on Pakistanis travelling abroad, making it mandatory for them to get a certification of vaccination,"
Petition Filed By TahaAccording to a petition filed by journalist Taha Siddiqui, FIA deputy director Bodla on May 18 2017 called him and asked him to appear in person at the FIA headquarters for interrogation. The petitioner alleged that the FIA official tried to harass him and also extended threats. IHC had restrained the FIA from harassing the journalist in May. However The investigating officer of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), accused of harassing journalist Taha Siddiqui, informed the Islamabad High Court (IHC) that he had become irrelevant to the case as it had been transferred to the cyber crime circle. FIA’s deputy director Noman Ashraf Bodla in a written reply to the IHC in response to Siddiqui’s petition said he was tasked to probe the activities of Siddiqui on social media and in this connection he made a call to him. According to Bodla, he spoke to Siddiqui politely and never tried to harass him.
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