Itanagar: The Arunachal Pradesh government on Thursday declared media personnel, including journalists, camerapersons, and backend office staffers, registered with the Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ) and the Arunachal Press Club (APC) as frontline workers (FLW) given their involvement in containment surveillance and related awareness activities in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

The media persons registered with the APUWJ and the APC are requested to get registered at the vaccination centres of Arunachal Pradesh after providing necessary details, such as relevant certificates from the state Director of IPR, duly countersigned by the respective deputy commissioner of the concerned district as well as valid ID card issued by the APUWJ /APC/ IPR director and mobile number for due verification.

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Welcoming the move, the APUWJ and APC expressed gratitude to the state government for including media personnel, including office staffers and camerapersons, in the FLW category.

The press bodies further stated that the inclusion of media personnel in the FLW category is long overdue, considering the nature of their work.

“Journalists in the state have tested positive for COVID-19 while working tirelessly on the ground to disseminate information to the masses. Media personnel are as vulnerable as other frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic as they expose themselves to the virus during field reporting,” the statement read.

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