Photojournalist barred from flying to US to receive Pulitzer prize

Oct 21, 2022

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

Photojournalist barred from flying to US to receive Pulitzer prize

Oct 21, 2022

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

Join the Discussion

Share on:

YouTube video

An Indian photojournalist was denied boarding a plane to fly to New York to accept the Pulitzer award she was given for her coverage of Covid 19. Sanna Irshad Mattoo who works with Reuters was stopped by Indian immigration officials at Delhi airport and offered no explanation.

The photographer had a valid visa and ticket and Mattoo posted an image on Twitter showing the ticket with a red stamp that says ‘cancelled without prejudice’.

This is apparently not the first time that Mattoo has had her travel plans cancelled. In July she was also stopped from leaving India to visit Paris for a book launch. Again she had a valid visa for the trip.

Allegedly the reason for the ban could be political, however. Mattoo is from Indian-administered Kashmir. Despite her images depicting life during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Pulitzer website says that “her work concentrates on depicting the tension between the seeming ordinariness of life and the stark symbols of a menacing militarised milieu of Kashmir.”

Several activists and journalists have been stopped from leaving or entering India this year.

Mattoo says that she was “heartbroken” at not getting the chance to attend the ceremony, describing the Pulitzer as a “dream for every journalist”.

[via BBC]

Filed Under:

Tagged With:

Find this interesting? Share it with your friends!

Alex Baker

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

Join the Discussion

DIYP Comment Policy
Be nice, be on-topic, no personal information or flames.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *