Assam reports 320 new COVID-19 cases
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Guwahati:  India has overtaken Brazil to top the list of journalist deaths due to Covid-19, the Press Emblem Campaign announced in Geneva on Tuesday. At least 1,330 journalists have died in 76 countries from coronavirus since March

India passed the milestone of 200 journalists dead from Covid-19, just ahead of Brazil (194).

Just in the month of May, 69 journalists have died from Covid-19 in India, an average of four a day. The majority of the scribes were in their 40s and 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.

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A statement said that 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, “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 recent journo-victims to Covid-19 in India includes 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).

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