2022 Pulitzer Prize winner and Kashmiri photojournalist Sanna Irshad Mattoo was stopped by immigration authorities while trying to fly from Delhi to Paris despite holding a valid French visa.
Sanna said in a tweet that she 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 did not give her a reason for not being allowed to leave the country, but simply said she could not travel internationally.
I was scheduled to travel from Delhi to Paris today for a book launch and photography exhibition as one of 10 award winners of the Serendipity Arles grant 2020. Despite procuring a French visa, I was stopped at the immigration desk at Delhi airport. I was not give any reason but told I would not be able to travel internationally,” she said in tweets.
“This is becoming a disturbing pattern for Indian journalists…,” said International Center for Journalists’ Dr. Julie Posetti.
“Indian authorities are increasingly using No-Fly List to target Kashmiri journalists. Dozens of Journalists have been banned from flying abroad. This unlawful restriction on movement has cost many journalists job opportunities and fellowships in the last few years,” tweeted a Kashmiri journalist Raqib Hameed Naik.