Guwahati, 18 May 2021: 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 the recent journo-victims to Covid-19 in India include Diwakar Bhatta, 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, Dominican Republic (27 each), Pakistan (26), Turkey (25), Iran , Russia (21 each), Venezuela (19), etc. The media community in Latin America is the most affected with more than half of the victims since March 2020 (718). Asia follows with over 325 deaths, ahead of Europe (181), Africa (59) and North America (50).