Three J&K photojournalists win 2020 Pulitzer Prize in feature film photography

SRINAGAR: Congratulations have been received for three Jammu and Kashmir photojournalists who won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in feature film photography for their work during the shutdown in the region following the abrogation in August last year.

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

It has been a difficult year for journalists in Kashmir and that says something considering that the past 30 years have not been exactly easy. Congratulations to @daryasin, @muukhtark_khan and @channiap for this prestigious award. More power for your cameras, leader Omar Abdullah he said in a tweet.

Iltija Mufti, daughter of PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, while congratulating photojournalists, said that the scribes of union territory were gaining praise abroad, but were punished in their country.

Congratulations @daryasin @muukhtark_khan for your exemplary photograph capturing the humanitarian crisis in Kashmir following the illegal repeal of Article 370. It is strange that our journalists earn praise abroad but are punished by draconian laws in their territory, wrote on Twitter from the her mother's Twitter account.

The journalist fraternity has also greeted the first Pulitzer Winners from Jammu and Kashmir.

A moment of pride for everyone in our tribe through Jammu and Kashmir and beyond, said veteran journalist Yusuf Jameel.