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India now loses fours scribes a day to Covid-19, global tally reaches 1248

As apprehended India emerges as the second most Covid-19 affected nation in the world to lose 141 journalists, now almost four scribes per day, where the global tally reaches 1248 scribes in 75 countries due to corona complications since March 2020, when the pandemic hit the human race. 

Brazil with 188 media corona casualties remains at the top of the victims’ list, where Peru (140 dead) is just behind India. Mexico reports 109 corona-victims among journalists till date, followed by Italy, Bangladesh (52 each), Colombia (51), USA, Ecuador (47 each), United Kingdom (28), Dominican Republic (27), Pakistan (26), Turkey (24), Argentina, Iran, Russia (21 each), Venezuela (17), Panama (16), Spain, Ukraine, (15 each), Bolivia, Egypt (14 each), Honduras (10), Afghanistan, Nigeria, South Africa, France (9 each), Guatemala (8), Nepal, Nicaragua (7), etc.

Press Emblem Campaign (PEC), which has been counting the name of media victims of the pandemic, offers condolences to families and colleagues of the deceased. Moreover, Switzerland based media rights and safety body requests early vaccinations for journalists on the frontlines. 

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It also commented that the human cost of the pandemic remains high were over 1200 journalists have lost their lives due to novel coronavirus aggravated ailments.

“Journalists are engaged in a profession which is particularly exposed to the virus and it’s an unprecedented loss to the profession as a number of them died for lack of adequate protective measures when doing their job. But the media workers have an important role to play in the fight against the virus. Hence their safety should be a priority as they have to continue providing information from the ground,” said Blaise Lempen, secretary-general of PEC.

India lately lost several prominent journalists namely Bh Ramakrishna, Arun Pandey, Ruchir Mishra, Subhransu Sekhar Mishra, PL Razdan, Sumit Onka, Prabhu Joshi, Ram Naresh Tripathi, Raju Salvi, Satya Prakash Aseem, Shashi Baliga, Pritiman Mohapatra, SK Vyas, Anirban Bora, Kanu Priya, Kalyan Barooah, Adwaita Prasad Biswal, Debendra Samantray, Ramendra Singh, etc to corona aggravated ailments in different parts of the country.

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