Award-winning journalist not allowed to enter India

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28 Dec 2018

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist denied entry into India

Cathal McNaughton, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, was denied entry into India after he returned from an overseas trip.

Officials of Ministry of Home Affairs said McNaughton wasn't allowed to enter India as he ventured into restricted areas of Jammu and Kashmir without permission.

McNaughton, who works with Reuters, was awarded the coveted prize in 2018 for his pictures of the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar.

What happened

McNaughton was in India in April, covered Kathua rape protests

McNaughton was in India in April, covered Kathua rape protests

Despite having a valid visa, McNaughton had to return from Delhi airport, IE reports.

McNaughton, the Chief Photographer of Reuters in India, was in J&K in April and covered the protests that sparked after a minor was raped and murdered in Kathua.

He had also posted pictures of stone pelters in Kashmir and clicked images at the Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar.

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Rules

Apparently, McNaughton reported from restricted areas without valid permission

About this case, MHA officials claimed McNaughton not only entered restricted areas but also reported from there without any valid permission.

"He was not charged with violation of visa rules but was denied entry," said a government official.

According to rules, a foreign journalist, a TV presenter or a cameraperson, needs special permission from MHA if he/she wishes to cover sensitive areas like J&K.

The areas that have been declared sensitive

Foreign journalists need special permission before reporting from areas like border districts, defense installations, places of strategic importance, national parks, and wildlife sanctuaries. Usually, journalists get a visa for three months, but in rare cases, it can be extended to six months.

Details

Separately, MHA and MEA reviewed protocols of foreign journalists

Separately, MHA and MEA reviewed protocols of foreign journalists

Reportedly, the MHA and MEA held discussions to review the protocols of foreign journalists, after McNaughton was denied entry.

Earlier, this year the MHA reminded foreign journalists posted in India that they need special permission to enter restricted areas.

The list of the areas includes all of Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim and parts of J&K, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Uttarakhand.

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Who is Cathal McNaughton?

Asked 2018-12-28 15:38:47 by Amit Mukopadhyay

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Cathal McNaughton is a Reuters journalist who received a Pulitzer Prize for covering Rohingya crisis in Myanmar.

Why was Cathal McNaughton denied entry into India?

Asked 2018-12-28 15:38:47 by Ankita Kadam

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MHA officials claimed Cathal McNaughton entered and reported from restricted areas in Jammu and Kashmir without permission.

When was Cathal McNaughton in J&K?

Asked 2018-12-28 15:38:47 by Aradhya Chatterjee

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Cathal McNaughton was in J&K in April and covered protests which started after Kathua rape case.

For how long can foreign journalists stay in India?

Asked 2018-12-28 15:38:47 by Navya Sen

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Foreign journalists get visa for three months but in some cases, it can be extended to six months.

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