Taha Siddiqui

(Dissident Club I PK / FR)

Taha Siddiqui is a Pakistani investigative journalist living in exile in France since 2018. He founded and runs the DISSIDENT club, a bar in Paris where dissidents of the world meet. He recently released his first book – an autobiography as a graphic novel called Dissident Club, named after his bar which documents his journey from growing up in an Islamist family to becoming an atheist and his fight for freedom of expression. It was published by Glenat. He has also been a visiting faculty member at SciencesPo and continues to write for international news organisations like the Washington Post, Guardian, Foreign Policy, etc. Back in Pakistan, he was reporting for leading international media including the New York Times, the Guardian and France24. In 2014, he received the Prix Albert Londres (French equivalent of a Pulitzer Prize) for a documentary on Pakistan and Afghanistan. He had to flee his homeland six years ago after surviving a kidnapping and assassination attempt allegedly carried out by Pakistan Army officials, after being threatened for years preceding the attack, to censor his reporting on military abuse in the country. In 2019, he was informed by French and American governments that his name was on a Kill List, and he must not return to Pakistan.

Forum :
European Lab x The Circle 2024 at Gaîté Lyrique

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