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India bars Pulitzer-winning Kashmiri photojournalist from flying to France


Indian authorities have blocked a Pulitzer prize-winning Kashmiri photojournalist from taking a flight to Paris where she was to take part in a book launch and photography exhibition displaying her photos from Kashmir. Mattoo shared the Pulitzer prize in May in the feature photography category with three other photographers from the agency for the group’s photographic coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic in India. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said travel bans werepart of a “systematic pattern of harassment against Kashmiri journalists, who have increasingly faced arbitrary arrest, frivolous legal cases, threats, physical attacks, and raids since August 2019”. At least three Kashmiri journalists working for the international media have been stopped by Indian authorities from flying abroad in recent years. “The Indian government may say the decision is motivated by national security concerns but it is more reflective of national insecurity.


Source: The Guardian July 03, 2022 16:15 UTC



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