Three Kashmir photojournalists win Pulitzer Prize for lockdown coverage

Three Kashmir photojournalists win 2020 Pulitzer Prize for lockdown coverage
Kashmiri protesters throw stones on policemen in Srinagar. AP/Mukhtar Khan

Srinagar: Congratulatory messages have been pouring in for three photojournalists from Jammu and Kashmir who have won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in feature photography for their work during the shutdown in the region following abrogation of Article 370 in August last year.

Mukhtar Khan, Yasin Dar and Channi Anand - three photojournalists working with the Associated Press (AP) - were among those who were awarded the Pulitzer last night.

In August 2019, the central government had revoked the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the constitution. The state was also divided into two union territories - Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir.

"It's been a difficult year for journalists in Kashmir & that's saying something considering the last 30 years haven't exactly been easy. Congratulations to @daryasin, @muukhtark_khan & @channiap on this prestigious award. More power to your cameras," National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said in a tweet.

Iltija Mufti, daughter of PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, while congratulating the photojournalists, said the scribes from the union territory were winning accolades abroad but are punished back home.

Three Kashmir photojournalists win 2020 Pulitzer Prize for lockdown coverage
Kashmiri children play cricket outside a closed market in central Srinagar. AP/Dar Yasin

"Congratulations @daryasin @muukhtark_khan for your exemplary photography capturing the humanitarian crisis in Kashmir post illegal abrogation of Article 370. Bizarre that our journalists win accolades abroad but are punished under draconian laws on home turf," she tweeted from her mother's Twitter account.

The journalist fraternity has also hailed the first Pulitzer winners from Jammu and Kashmir.

"A proud moment for all in our tribe across Jammu and Kashmir and beyond," veteran journalist Yusuf Jameel said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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