Living the Story: Kashmiri Photojournalists win Pulitzer*

"Thanks to the team inside Kashmir, the world was able to witness a dramatic escalation of the long struggle over the region’s independence. Their work is important and superb", said Associated Press President and CEO Gary Pruitt, responding to the news of three AP photojournalists Dar Yasin, Mukhtar Khan and Channi Anand wining the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in feature photography.

Snaking around roadblocks, sometimes taking cover in strangers’ homes and hiding cameras in vegetable bags, the three photographers captured images of protests, police and paramilitary action and daily life — and then headed to an airport to persuade travellers to carry the photo files with them to the AP’s office in New Delhi. "It was always cat-and-mouse,” Yasin recalled. “These things made us more determined than ever to never be silenced.” Yasin and Khan are based in Srinagar, while Anand is based in Jammu.

“It’s not the story of the people I am shooting, only, but it’s my story”, said Dar Yasin, while responding about the news of the AP team winning the Prize.

PIPFPD salutes the undeterred spirit of these brilliant photographers and are happy to see them reach professional glory. We use this opportunity to thank and congratulate every journalist and photographer of Jammu & Kashmir who have risked their everything to tell truth to the world. Their stories and pictures speak to each one of us and communicate the untold narratives of human suffering and hopelessness that has become the face of India's occupation of Kashmir. We condemn the intimidation, threats, arrests and attempts made by the Indian state to criminalise journalism in Kashmir. As the world recognises their work, it is time that the world recognises what their cameras and pens are pointing towards...