Pulitzer-winning photojournalist denied entry into India for ‘visiting J-K’

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Srinagar: Pulitzer-winning photojournalist Cathal McNaughton was denied entry back to India on Delhi airport when he was returning from overseas trip on Friday.

According to Home Ministry officials, he had visited restricted areas of Jammu and Kashmir without valid permission. He was denied to enter the country back for violating norms, quoted The India Express.

McNaughton, Chief India Photographer of Reuters, is an India-based Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has been working here. According to reports, he was accused of violating visa conditions, and was sent back from the Delhi airport, even though he had a valid visa.

The newspaper did not specify when the incident took place. However, the Reuters photo directory shows that McNaughton last posted a picture from India on 24 May, six days before he won the Pulitzer Prize in New York.

Most of the photos since then have been from the United States. He has not uploaded any tweet since 1 June, and his bio still identifies him as the chief India photographer for Reuters.

According to the Indian Express report an unidentified official of the Ministry of Home Affairs said that McNaughton had visited restricted areas in Jammu and Kashmir without valid permission. “He was not charged with violation of visa rules but was denied entry,” the official said.

On 26 December, McNaughton posted on his Instagram: “2018 has been interesting. From winning the Pulitzer to being denied entry back into India.”

McNaughton was in Jammu and Kashmir to cover protests that followed the alleged rape and murder of a child in Kathua.

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