Pulitzer-winning Kashmiri photojournalist says stopped from travelling to US
Pulitzer-winning Kashmiri photojournalist Sanna Irshad Mattoo has said she was stopped from flying to the US by immigration authorities at the Delhi airport "despite having a valid visa and ticket"
Pulitzer-winning Kashmiri photojournalist Sanna Irshad Mattoo has said she was stopped from flying to the United States by immigration authorities at the Delhi airport "despite having a valid visa and ticket".
The 28-year-old photojournalist, who was awarded the Pulitzer for the coverage of COVID pandemic for Reuters, was scheduled to fly to New York on Monday.
"I was on my way to receive the Pulitzer award (@Pulitzerprizes) in New York but I was stopped at immigration at Delhi airport and barred from travelling internationally despite holding a valid US visa and ticket," Mattoo tweeted on Tuesday.
She said this was the second time she was stopped from travelling abroad in the past four months.
"This is the second time I have been stopped without reason or cause. Despite reaching out to several officials after what happened few months ago, I never received any response.
"Being able to attend the award ceremony was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me," she added.
In July, she had been stopped while flying from Delhi to Paris for a book launch and photography exhibition as one of the winners of an award.
Ms Mattoo had then alleged the immigration authorities did not give her any reason for stopping her from flying except saying that she could not travel abroad as there were restrictions.
Officials in the Jammu and Kashmir police had told news agency PTI that she had been placed on a no-fly list without elaborating why.
The move renewed allegations of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government targeting journalists who uncovered unflattering stories about the administration.