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28th Dec 2020 | Get In Lamka | Guwahati Correspondent

PEC welcomes New Delhi’s gesture on media corona-victims.

Geneva/ Guwahati, 29 December 2020: Press Emblem Campaign (PEC), the international media
watchdog based in Switzerland, welcomes the latest initiative of
Indian Union government in New Delhi to offer supports to the families
of journalists, who died of Covid-19 complications. PEC
(www.pressemblem.ch) believes that it would inspire other nations to
adopt similar welfare programs for media corona-victims in the
respective countries.
Mentionable is that Press Information Bureau, the government sponsored
media organ in New Delhi, has been collecting applications from the
families of corona-media victims with an aim to support them under the
journalist welfare scheme. Affected families are advised to apply with
documents relating to the proof of working as a journalist, death
certificate & medical document showing as Covid-19 victims and
relevant income certificates or income-tax returns of the family.
India has lost 53 journalists till date since March to the novel
corona virus infection aggravated ailments where as the global tally
reached to 585. Till now Peru tops the list with 93 media-casualties,
said Blaise Lempen, general secretary of PEC adding that Brazil (51
deaths), Mexico (42), Ecuador & Bangladesh (41 each), Italy (34), USA
(30), Pakistan (22), Turkey (17), UK (12) follow India and Peru.
PEC’s country representative Nava Thakuria appreciates the initiative
as various organizations including Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA)
requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to announce a financial package
to each media victim family as a mark of respect to those
corona-warriors. He also urges them to apply with the prescribed
format (available at www.pib.gov.in) addressing the additional director
general, press facilities, PIB and send to mail ids <prspib101@gmail.com> or
<adgpf107@gmail.com>.

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