America is conscious of reviews of Pulitzer-winning Kashmiri journalist Sanna Irshad Mattoo allegedly being prevented from travelling to the nation, a State Division official has mentioned.
Sanna Mattoo had on Tuesday mentioned she was stopped on the IGI Airport in Delhi from flying to the US to obtained the celebrated award.
“We’re conscious of the reviews of Ms Mattoo being prevented from travelling to the US and are monitoring these developments carefully,” State Division Deputy Spokesperson Vedant Patel informed reporters at his each day information convention.
“We’re dedicated to supporting press freedom. And because the secretary has famous, a shared dedication to democratic values, together with the respect for the independence of the press, is a bedrock of the US-India relationship,” he mentioned.
“However I haven’t got some other specifics to supply… we’re monitoring this carefully,” Patel mentioned in response to a query.
Mattoo, a contract photojournalist, was a part of a Reuters staff that gained the Pulitzer Prize for characteristic pictures for his or her protection of the COVID-19 pandemic in India.
In a press release, the Committee to Shield Journalists urged Indian officers to let Mattoo journey to the US to attend the Pulitzer awards ceremony.
“There isn’t any cause why Kashmiri journalist Sanna Irshad Mattoo, who had all the correct journey paperwork and has gained a Pulitzer–one of the crucial prestigious journalism awards–ought to have been prevented from touring overseas,” mentioned Beh Lih Yi, CPJ’s Asia programme coordinator, in Frankfurt, Germany.
“This determination is bigoted and extreme. Indian authorities should instantly stop all types of harassment and intimidation towards journalists protecting the state of affairs in Kashmir,” Beh mentioned.