Pulitzer Prize: India stops journalist from flying to receive award



A Pulitzer Prize-winning Kashmiri photojournalist mentioned Wednesday that Indian immigration authorities prevented her from flying to the United States to receive the award although she had a legitimate visa and ticket.

Sanna Irshad Mattoo was scheduled to fly to New York on Monday to receive the Pulitzer Prize however was blocked by officers at New Delhi’s airport, she mentioned.

Mattoo mentioned she was stopped with out cause and her ticket was cancelled.

Mattoo was engaged on task for Reuters, which received the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for protection of the COVID-19 disaster in India.

She mentioned she was touring with two colleagues who had been cleared to journey whereas she was stopped. Mattoo mentioned the immigration official handed her boarding go again however didn’t reply when she requested repeatedly what the issue was. She was then taken to the airline counter to gather her baggage.

Mattoo mentioned she has no thought why she was prevented from touring. “Is it about my work? Is it something else? I should be told. The problem is I don’t know what the problem is,” she mentioned.

There was no speedy remark from Indian authorities.

It was the second such expertise for Mattoo, who was stopped from touring to Paris in July for a guide launch and images exhibition as one in all 10 winners of the Serendipity Arles Grant 2020. Again, Mattoo mentioned that immigrations officers gave her no cause however informed her she wouldn’t give you the option to journey internationally.

She has been working since 2018 as a contract photojournalist depicting life in Indian-controlled Kashmir, the place insurgents have been preventing for the area’s independence or merger with neighboring Pakistan.

Journalists have lengthy braved threats within the restive area because the Indian authorities seeks to tighten management over the media. Their scenario has grown worse since India revoked the area’s semi-autonomy in 2019, with dozens arrested, interrogated and investigated below harsh anti-terror legal guidelines.


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