Washington, October 22 (KMS): The US representative, Adam Schiff, has said that he was disturbed to hear that Kashmiri photojournalist Sanna Irshad Mattoo was barred from flying to accept the Pulitzer and that efforts to harass and silence the media must end.
Adam Schiff is a senior figure in the Democratic Party and is viewed as a close confidant of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“Disturbed to hear Kashmiri journalist Sanna Irshad Mattoo was barred from flying to accept a Pulitzer for her coverage of COVID-19’s toll in India,” he said. He added that freedom of the press was bedrock of any democracy and India should be no exception. Efforts to harass and silence the media must end, he maintained..
Earlier, the state department said that United States is aware of reports about Pulitzer-winning journalist who was prevented from travelling to the country.
“We are aware of the reports of Ms Mattoo being prevented from travelling to the US and are tracking these developments closely,” State Department Deputy Spokesperson Vedant Patel told reporters at his daily news conference.