Three photo-journalists from Jammu and Kashmir won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in feature photography on Monday.
The photojournalists, Mukhtar Khan, Yasun Dar and Channi Anand who work with the Associated Press (AP) won the prize for their work while being on ground duty during the abrogation of the Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir in 2019.
Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah in a tweet wrote, “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.”
Iltija Mufti, daughter of PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, congratulated them for their “exemplary photography” capturing the humanitarian crisis in Kashmir post “illegal abrogation of Article 370”.
She added, “Bizarre that our journalists win accolades abroad but are punished under draconian laws on home turf.”
The photo-journalists were hailed by the entire fraternity as they were the first from Jammu and Kashmir to win the Pulitzer.
Photo Credit: AP/Mukhtar Khan