Pulitzer Prize: Sanna Irshad Mattoo, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist from Kashmir, claimed on Tuesday that immigration officers on the Delhi airport prevented her from travelling to the United States “despite having a valid visa and ticket.”
The photojournalist, who was 28 years previous, was on account of depart for New York on Monday after receiving the Pulitzer Prize for Reuters’ protection of the COVID outbreak.
“I’ve been stopped twice already without cause or justification. After what happened a few months ago, I contacted a number of officials, but I never got an answer,” she said.
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“It was a once in a lifetime experience for me” Sanna Irshad Mattoo
She continued, “It was a as soon as in a lifetime expertise for me to have the ability to attend the award ceremony. She claimed that within the earlier 4 months, she had been barred from travelling abroad a second time.
As one of many 10 recipients of the Serendipity Arles grant 2020, Mattoo was halted on the Delhi airport on July 2 as she was en path to Paris for a e book launch and photographic exhibition.
After then, the Jammu & Kashmir Police knowledgeable a information organisation that Mattoo’s title was on a no-fly listing with out giving a trigger.
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The National Conference (NC) had denounced the act
Aakash Hassan was prevented from going to Sri Lanka earlier in July as a result of he was reporting on the turmoil there. The National Conference (NC) had denounced the journalist from Kashmir being barred, claiming that the motion violated their elementary proper to freedom of motion.
Tanvir Sadiq, the chief spokesperson for the NC, has said that the motion was not justified. He had said that the restrictions on our journalists’ freedom of motion have been “yet another step toward crippling the working environment of the media and press fraternity.”
“It is imperative that the administration pause and evaluate its statements and deeds. Such excessive harassment and restrictions disprove the government’s assertions that it has created a conducive atmosphere for the operation of the media in Kashmir,” he had spoken.
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