Pulitzer winner Kashmiri photojournalist stopped from flying out

Kashmiri photographer and Pulitzer Prize Winner Sana Irshad Matu He was stopped by immigration officials at Delhi airport and banned from traveling to France on Saturday.

Matto, who was on her way to Paris for a book and photography launch event, said officials stopped her without giving any reason, and told she could not travel abroad.

“I was due to fly from Delhi to Paris today to launch a book and photography exhibition as one of the 10 winners of the Serendipity Aries 2020 Scholarship. Despite having purchased a French visa, I was stopped at the immigration office at Delhi Airport,” Mattu tweeted while posting her canceled boarding pass. . “I didn’t get any reason but was told I couldn’t travel internationally.”

J&K Police sources said Mattou was among several journalists from the Valley that the government has placed on a no-fly list.

In September 2019, Kashmiri journalist Jawhar Gilani was stopped by immigration officials at Delhi airport on his way to Germany. Last year, the J&K administration banned journalist-turned-academic Zahid Rafiq from traveling to the United States, where he was due to study at a university.

Journalists Roa Shah and Ahmar Khan have also been banned from traveling abroad. Another academic from South Kashmir was suspended but later allowed to travel a few months later.

The 28-year-old Matu, a resident of Srinagar, works as a photojournalist for the international news agency Reuters. She won the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in Photography along with three other Reuters photographers for their coverage of the second wave of COVID-19 in India.

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