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Three IIOJK scribes get Pulitzers Prizes for post 2019 coverage

Srinagar, June 26 (KMS): Two Kashmiri photojournalists Dar Yasin and Mukhtar Khan, and their Jammu colleague Chani Ananad were bestowed with the Pulitzer Prizes ceremony at Columbia University, reports reaching from the US said.

They work for AP and AP and were given the prize for their coverage of post-2019 Kashmir.

The awards presented at the weekend covered the Pulitzers announced in 2020 and 2021. The winners of the 2022 awards, which were announced in May, will be recognized at a separate ceremony in October, reports added.

Dar and Khan received the Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of Kashmir post-August 5, along with their Jammu colleague, Anand.

“Receiving the Pulitzer Prize at Columbia University in New York,” Mukhtar Khan wrote on his Facebook wall. “What a great honour. A big thanks to both families AP and home. I am humbled.”

The three Jammu and Kashmir scribes are photo-journalists working for the American news gatherer, Associated Press.

The photographs for which the three AP newsmen were awarded are about the life in the lockdown after the undoing of the special status to Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, 2019. The Pultizer jury termed their photographs as “striking images of life” in post-August 2019 Kashmir “executed through a communications blackout”. Jointly the honour carries the US $ 15000.

On May 10, 2022, another Kashmir photojournalist, Sanna Irshad Mattoo, 28, bagged a Pulitizer Prize that she will be sharing with three others from the Reuters team.

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