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Global media corona victim tally crosses 835, India loses 55 journalists; PEC bats for scribes’ freedom, vaccination and financial aids

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Global media corona victim tally crosses 835, India loses 55 journalists;
PEC bats for scribes’ freedom, vaccination and financial aids

26th Feb 2021 | Get In Lamka

Geneva/Guwahati, 26 February 2021: Appreciating the United Nations
high commissioner for human rights for a comprehensive report on the
impact of Covid-19 across the globe, the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC),
a Switzerland based media watchdog, calls upon all UN member countries
to guarantee freedom for scribes, early vaccination and financial aids
to corona victim families.
“PEC is very concerned about the devastating impact of novel corona
virus infection on press freedom. Covid-19 had a triple negative
effect on the media: on their business, with huge losses of revenues,
on their capacity to inform freely, with numerous restrictions in
several countries, and on their staff, with thousands of scribes
contaminated and hundreds died,” said Blaise Lempen, secretary-general
of PEC.
The PEC team has documented the death of over 835 journalists since
March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic in 67 countries, where most
affected countries include Peru (108 casualties), Brazil (101), Mexico
(87), India (55) followed by Italy (46), Bangladesh (44), USA (43),
Ecuador (42), Colombia (37), UK (26), Pakistan (23), Turkey (21),
Panama (16), Ukraine (14), Bolivia (14), Russia (13), Spain (11) etc,
added Lempen.
“India has lost popular television scribe Vikas Sharma on 4 February
due to post-corona complications and since then there is no report of
media corona victim in the populous country,” said Nava Thakuria, the
country representative to PEC adding that it might be a matter of
temporary relief, but media persons across India, while playing the
role of corona-warriors, must continue following necessary
precautions.

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