Guwahati, October 20: As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take its toll, more journalists are dying because of novel coronavirus aggravated complications across India. Lately, Mysuru based senior journalist Pavan Hettur (35), who worked for Kannada daily Prajavani succumbed to the infection at a private hospital. He was admitted after testing Covid-19 positive and passed away on 18 October 2020.
Days back Patna based photojournalist Krishna Mohan Sharma (63), worked for Times of India, died of Covid-19 complications on 15 October while undergoing treatment at AIIMS, New Delhi. The same day, senior cricket journalist & commentator Kishore Bhimani (81), acknowledged as an illustrious son of Bengal died at a Kolkata based private hospital after contracting Covid-19.
As India has lost nearly 50 working journalists to the new-found virus infection, Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) repeated its appeal to every media person to be careful and cautious while reporting the pandemic from the ground. JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria, while terming the journalists as corona-warriors along with the practicing doctors, nurses, sanitation workers, police personnel, etc, expressed shock at the higher stake of loss compared to worldwide media corona-casualties of around 400.
The robust Indian media family lost at least twelve journalists to corona-complications within September. Expressing concern over hundreds of Guwahati-based media persons contracting the virus, the JFA also appeals to media group managements to come clean on their employees’ corona health status as part of their social responsibility. The forum added that while news channels and newspapers continue identifying other Covid-19 patients, they collectively remain silent when their employees turn positive (except a few infected scribes made personal revelations in social media).