“Despite getting a French visa, I was stopped at the immigration desk at Delhi airport,” she said.
She said she had not been given a reason but was told by immigration officials that she would not be able to travel internationally.
There was no immediate comment from the Indian authorities.
Mattoo was one of the winners of the Pulitzer Prize 2022 in the Feature Photography category for reporting on India’s COVID-19 crisis as part of a Reuters team.
She has been working as a freelance photojournalist since 2018, portraying life in Indian-controlled Kashmir, where insurgents have fought for Kashmir’s independence or its merger with neighboring Pakistan.
Journalists have long defied threats in the troubled region as the government seeks to control the press more effectively to frown upon independent reporting. Their situation has worsened since India revoked the region’s semi-autonomy in 2019.