A Kashmiri Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist was prevented from leaving India to attend the Pulitzer Prize ceremony. Sanna Irshad Mattoo was to be awarded for his reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist from Indian-administered Kashmir says she was stopped from traveling to the US by immigration officials at Delhi airport, according to the BBC.

Sanna Irshad Mattoo received the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic and was on his way to the award ceremony. She said she was pulled over “even though she had a valid visa and ticket”.

This journalist from India never got to pick up her award

The Indian government has not commented on the incident. Mattoo also said that this was the second such incident in the last four months. She asked officials why she was not allowed to travel, but was given no reason.

Similar incidents occurred in India this year. Several activists and journalists were prevented from leaving India or entering the country.

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