the DISSIDENT club

Meet the Founders

TAHA SIDDIQUI

Taha Siddiqui is an award-winning Pakistani journalist living in exile in Paris since February 2018. He is married to Sara Farid, who is a photojournalist and artist from Pakistan. They both moved to France with their now-seven year old son, after Siddiqui survived a kidnapping and possible assassination attempt on his life, for his journalistic work. He was being threatened by Pakistan Army for several years preceding to the attack in January 2018. In Pakistan, Taha worked for the New York Times, the Guardian, France24, Arte, the Christian Science Monitor, Al Jazeera and many other international and local media organizations. He received the Prix Albert Londres (aka the French Pulitzer) in 2014 for a documentary on the issue of polio virus in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Since moving to France, Taha has been working with the French and international media, and has published his work in the Guardian, the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera and several other media outlets. He also started to teach journalism at the French university SciencesPo in 2019, and currently teaches two courses that he has designed himself. He also manages a digital platform that documents media censorship in South Asia. and investigates under-reported stories from Pakistan. He is also working on a graphic novel about his life to be published by Glénat by 2022.

SARA FARID

Sara Farid is an independent Pakistani documentary photographer living in exile in France.  Most of her work has been documenting people’s testimonies through radio, TV documentaries and now photography to help raise their voice and highlight their problems. Farid has worked on religious and sexual minorities, child labor, internal migration, transgender, malnutrition, education, polio and many others. Her writings and photographs offer intimate glimpses into the lives of ordinary people and provides an opportunity to understand personal struggles and triumphs of various communities. From covering war in Swat Valley to the mean streets of Karachi, she has been in the middle of – often deadly action in Pakistan and has produced captivating work from such risky environments. Her work has appeared in leading publications such as The New York Times, The Gaurdian, Wall Street journal, AFP and Reuters.  She continues to do so in France and has had photo exhibitions in Paris. She has set up a photo studio at The Dissident Club to carry out training workshops and photo exhibitions.

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