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Three Indian photojournalists win 2020 Pulitzer Prize in feature photography

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. Khan and Dar are journalists based in Srinagar, while Anand is based in Jammu.

Mukhtar Khan (Image Source: Twitter)

“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.

Channi Anand (Image Source: Twitter)

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.

“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.

Yasin Dar (Image Source: Twitter)

Taking to Twitter, Yasin Dar thanked everybody for their support.”Thank you colleagues, friends, brothers. I would just like to say thank you for standing by us always. It is an honour and a privilege beyond any we could have ever imagined. It is overwhelming to receive this honour,” tweeted Dar.

(With PTI Inputs)

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