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India tops the list of media victims to Covid-19, passes Brazil with over 200 casualties

Thakuria Navajyoti | May 18, 2021 06:08 PM

GENEVA/GUWAHATI: India has overtaken Brazil in the number

of journalists died of Covid-19, the Press Emblem Campaign

(https://pressemblem.ch/pec-news.shtml) announced in Geneva on Tuesday. At least 1, 330

journalists have died in 76 countries from the coronavirus since March

2020.

India has just passed the milestone of 200 journalists dead from

Covid-19, just ahead of Brazil (194). In India, 69 journalists have

died from Covid since the beginning of May, an average of four a day,

a majority of them in their 40s or 50s. Outside India, the largest

increases have been in recent weeks in Colombia, Argentina and Nepal.

"The pandemic continues to ravage the media community in South Asia

and Latin America, as the death toll has declined elsewhere, " said PEC

General Secretary Blaise Lempen. "Immunization remains insufficient in

developing countries and journalists in these countries pay a very

high price for having to inform, " he added.

The PEC deplores these unprecedented losses among the media and sends

its condolences to the families and colleagues of the victims. PEC

India Representative Nava Thakuria added that "the actual number of

Covid-19 victims is certainly higher, as many media houses avoid

reporting their own victims as well as corona-positive colleagues (not

to speak of special patronages to them)."

Some of recent journo-victims to Covid-19 in India include Saroj

Tripathi, Anjan Bandyopadhyay, Rajesh Pati, Kailash Chandra Sahoo,

Ratikant Bal, Bishnu Prasad Patra, Sunil Jain, Mohammad Ali, Mahadev

Prakash, Sandip Jagdale, Jayatheerth Kagalkar, AR Wig, Akhilesh Kr

Mohan, Satyendra P Srivastava, Sumanta Mohanty, Prakash Deshpande,

Rattan Lal, Shishir Dwivedi, Shiv A Pateria, Shivacharan Kalita, Rubul

Dihingiya, etc.

After India and Brazil, Peru has the most victims among journalists

(140) ahead of Mexico (109), Colombia (61), Italy (55), Bangladesh

(52), the United States (49), Ecuador (48), Great Britain (28),

Argentina (27), Dominican Republic (27), Pakistan (26), Turkey (25),

Iran ( 21), Russia (21), Venezuela (19), Panama (16), Bolivia (16),

Spain (15), and Ukraine (15).

The media community in Latin America is the most affected, with more

than half of the victims since March 2020 (718). Asia follows with 326

deaths, ahead of Europe 181, Africa 59 and North America 50.

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