Kashmir Journalist Says Prevented From Flying Abroad

SRINAGAR: A Kashmiri journalist Aakash Hassan on Tuesday said he was barred from travelling abroad by the Government of India. He was stopped at Delhi International Airport.

Aakash Hassan

Taking to social networking site Twitter, Aakash Hassan wrote: “Immigration officials at IGI airport New Delhi barred me from boarding a flight to Colombo, Sri Lanka. I was headed to report on the current crises in the country. The immigration officials took my passport, boarding pass and have made me sit in a room for last four hours.”

“The officials are not giving any me any reason for why I am not allowed. A staff from the airlines I was travelling in told me that officials have directed them to offload my luggage from the aircraft.  I was questioned by two officials about my background, travel purpose,” he said in a tweet.

“After making me wait for five hours, without providing even water to drink. I have been handed over my passport and boarding pass with a red rejection stamp: “Cancelled Without Prejudice”,” he tweeted.

On July 2, 2022, Sanna Irshad Mattoo, a Pulitzer award-winning Kashmiri photojournalist was not allowed to fly to Paris.

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