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Over 715 scribes died of Covid-19: PEC

by Guru Aribam Naocha
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IT Correspondent
Geneva/Guwahati, Jan 29:

More than 715 journalists died of Covid-19 complications in 60 countries till date, where most affected countries remain Peru (95 casualties),  Mexico (84), Brazil (74), India (54), Bangladesh (44), Ecuador (42), Italy (38), USA (35), Pakistan (22), UK (22), Turkey (20) etc.
“We offer condolences to families and colleagues of the deceased. Since the beginning of March 2020,  a corona-ticker was initiated to pay tribute to the journalists  killed by the novel corona virus infections around the world,” said Blaise Lempen, general secretary of Switzerland-based media rights body Press Emblem Campaign.
Media workers have an important role to play in the ongoing fight against the virus and hence the safety of media workers is particularly at risk as they have to  continue  providing  information from  the ground. Sadly, a number of scribes died because of no adequate protective measures when on duty, added Lempen. “As our country lost 54 media persons, an Indian origin radio journalist  Sujata Barot recently succumbed to the virus infection. She  was one of the first South Asian faces in British media and worked as a news  presenter  in BBC Radio Leicester,” said Nava Thakuria, PEC’s India contributor adding that her untimely demise was condoled with pouring messages in social media.

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