AP Photographers Win Pulitzer Award For Coverage Of Lockdown In Indian-Occupied Kashmir
Associated Press news agency’s photographers Dar Yasin, Mukhtar Khan and Channi Anand have been honoured with the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in feature photography for their photos from Indian-Occupied Kashmir during the coronavirus lockdown. Reporting from a war-zone and overcoming countless hurdles in sending the photos across in a curfew ridden state, these three have outdone themselves.
The Associated Press reports that prize winners were announced virtually on Monday owing to the coronavirus outbreak.
In a statement on their website following the announcement, Pulitzer said the Kashmiri photographers were selected for their “striking images of life” in the disputed Himalayan territory.
The Pulitzer winning photos from Channi Anand, Dar Yasin and Mukhtar Khan 1/x pic.twitter.com/7AmhzBwch2
— Dushyant (@atti_cus) May 5, 2020
Pulitzer for 3 photojournalists from Jammu & Kashmir is ofcourse a huge achievement for Yasin Dar, Mukhtar Khan & Channi Anand but moreover this Pulitzer prize is an acknowledgement that Kashmiris are succeeding in narrating their stories to the world themselves.
— Khurram Parvez (@KhurramParvez) May 5, 2020
— fatima bhutto (@fbhutto) May 5, 2020
The Pulitzers are generally regarded as the highest honour that United States based journalists and organisations can receive.
Many many congratulations to @daryasin on the Pulitzer!
— Abhishek Saha (@saha_abhi1990) May 5, 2020
Twitter has come out in support of their hardships and extraordinary coverage midst the lockdown. Their work shows police arrests, paramilitary action, and their daily lives of unrest and protests.
6 year old Muneefa Nazir, a Kashmiri girl whose right eye was hit by a marble ball shot allegedly by Indian Paramilitary soldiers on Aug. 12, stands outside her home in Srinagar, Occupied Kashmir, Sept. 17, 2019. The image by Mukhtar Khan won 2020 #Pulitzer Prize.#KashmirResists pic.twitter.com/UpR1BGR043
— M. Saad Arslan Sadiq (@Arslan_Sadiq) May 5, 2020
“It was always cat-and-mouse,” Yasin recalled on Monday in an email. “These things made us more determined than ever to never be silenced.”
Yasin and Khan are based in Kashmir’s main city of Srinagar, while Anand is based in the Jammu district.
Anand said the award left him speechless. “I was shocked and could not believe it,” he said.
The AP’s president and CEO Gary Pruitt said their work was “important and superb”.
“Thanks to the team inside Kashmir, the world was able to witness a dramatic escalation of the long struggle over the region’s independence.”