News– Associated Press photographers Dar Yasin, Mukhtar Khan and Channi Anand were honoured with the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in feature photography.
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- Dar Yasin and Mukhtar Khan are based in Srinagar, while Channi Anand is based in the neighboring Jammu district.
- Along with them AP photographers Dieu Nalio Chery and Rebecca Blackwell were Pulitzer finalists for the breaking news photography award for their coverage of violent clashes between police and anti-government demonstrators in Haiti.
- This is the 54th Pulitzer Prize for AP. The winners were commended for their coverage of protests in Kashmir, despite lockdown and shutdowns of phone and internet service since August, 2019.
- AP said, “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 travelers to carry the photo files out with them and get them to the AP’s office in New Delhi”.
- Yasin said, “It’s not the story of the people I am shooting, only, but it’s my story,” highlighting the travails that he had to go through to capture the story of unrest in Kashmir.