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Why Kashmiri Photojournalist Sanna Irshad Mattoo was stopped from travelling abroad?

Why Kashmiri Photojournalist Sanna Irshad Mattoo was stopped from travelling abroad?

Kashmiri photojournalist and 2022 Pulitzer Prize winner Sanna Irshad Mattoo was detained by immigration authorities when she tried to fly from Delhi to Paris despite having a valid French visa.

In a tweet, Mattoo said she was scheduled to be in France for a book launch and photography exhibition but was stopped at the immigration desk of the Delhi airport.

Sanna Mattoo said in a tweet “I was going to Paris for a book launch and photography exhibition as one of 10 award winners of the Serendipity Arles grant 2020. The authorities allegedly did not give her a reason for not being allowed to leave the country, but simply said she could not travel internationally.

She further said “I was not give any reason but told I would not be able to travel internationally.”

In May 2022, Mattoo, a freelance photographer, won the Pulitzer Prize in the Feature Photography category for her work published by Reuters. She shared the award with the Reuters team, including the late Dane Siddiqui, Amit Dave and Adnan Abidi, for their coverage of the COVID-19 crisis in India.

A resident of Srinagar, Sanna is a postgraduate in Convergent Journalism from the Central University of Kashmir. Mattoo has covered Kashmir extensively over the past six years, and her photos have been published in many national and international media such as Al Jazeera, TIME and Caravan.

She has also done a fellowship with the prestigious Magnum Foundation in 2021.

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