Covid-19 continues to kill journalists, visible improvement in India

Guwahati: The number of journalists dying of Covid-19 globally are still growing, where more than 1828 media workers have succumbed to the novel corona virus infection in 83 countries since March 2020, said the global media safety and rights body Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) based in Geneva. However, India has significantly reduced the number of corona victims among journalists in August, September and October (till date) as it lost only four scribes during the period.

Given the new variants, the PEC warns that the number of journalists who have died from Covid-19 is likely to reach the 2,000 marks by the end of 2021. The average age of victims is now more younger. “Journalists on the ground remain one of the most exposed professions. The number of registered victims has slowed down since June, but the vaccination rate remains insufficient in many countries,” said Blaise Lempen, general secretary of PEC adding that some politicians, also a section of media, continue spreading false information at a high cost.

More deaths have been reported from Brazil where at least 281 journalists lost their live to corona infection related complications. Bharat is just behind with 274 journo-corona casualties, followed by Peru (198), Mexico (121), Colombia (78), Bangladesh (66), USA (61), Italy (60), Venezuela (55), Ecuador (51), Argentina (45), Indonesia (41), Iran, Russia (33 each), United Kingdom (31), Dominican Republic, Turkey (28 each), Pakistan (27), Nepal (23), Bolivia (20), Honduras (19), South Africa (18), Egypt, Panama (17 each), Spain (16), Ukraine (15) etc.
Those are followed by Guatemala, Nigeria (11 each), Afghanistan, Zimbabwe (10 each), Cuba, France, Nicaragua (9 each), Algeria, Paraguay (8 each), Philippines (7), Uruguay (6), Kenya (5), Morocco, Cameroon (4 each), Costa Rica, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Salvador, Sweden (3 each), Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Benin, Canada, Chile, Ghana, Guyana, Portugal, Sri Lanka (2 each), Albania, Belarussia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Germany, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kirghizstan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Myanmar (one each), etc.

Bharat reported four cases of corona-media deaths since as the populous country since the first week of August. Kochi based cartoonist C J Yesudasan (83) died of post corona complications on 6 October, who was preceded by Oriya scribe Satyajit Mohapatra (44) losing his battle on 4 October to the virus infection. Earlier Agartala based journalist turned politician Gautam Das (70) died of Covid-19 complications on 16 September and Shillong based senior journalist Syndor Singh Syiem succumbed to corona complications on 6 August.