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India stops Kashmir photojournalist from flying to Paris

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NEW DELHI (AP) —Puritzer Award-winning Kashmir photojournalist said Saturday that Indian immigration authorities had stopped flying to Paris for no reason.

In a tweet, Sanna Irshad Mattoo will travel from New Delhi to Paris for the release of the book and a photo exhibition as one of the 10 winners of the Serendipity Arles Grant 2020. Said.

"Despite getting a French visa, I stopped by the Immigration Department at Delhi Airport," she said.

She said she wasn't given any reason, but she was told by immigration authorities that she couldn't travel abroad.

There was no immediate comment from the Indian authorities.

Mattoo, as part of the Reuters team, won the 2022 Puritzer Award in the Feature Photography category for reporting the COVID-19 crisis in India.

She has been working as a freelance photojournalist since 2018, portraying her life in Indian-dominated Kashmir. Rebels are fighting for Kashmir's independence or merger with neighboring Pakistan.

Journalists have long faced a brave threat in disturbing areas as the government seeks to manage the media more effectively to condemn independent coverage. Their situation has worsened since India revoked semi-autonomy in the region in 2019.