As per a list collated by the Network of Women in Media, India, close to 150 journalists across the country have lost their lives in the last year due to COVID-19
The ruthless resurgence of the coronavirus has, in an even deadlier avatar, claimed more lives than one could have fathomed. Frontline workers have given it their all in the last year and unfortunately, still overburdened with the end of it not in sight, just yet. A category that’s technically part of the list of essential services but has done work more than it’s credited for are journalists.
Risking their life like any other frontline worker and reporting from the harshest, visually disturbing areas hasn’t been an easy task and is both, physically and mentally draining. Although a certain section of the media has its own share of criticism for brushes with fake news, more so in the last year, unfortunately for the virus, it has struck the media fraternity irrespective.
The Editors Guild of India on 15th April wrote a letter asking the government to immediately vaccinate all journalists to ensure there is no disruption in their work during the pandemic.
“News organizations have been relentlessly covering the pandemic, elections, and other current affairs in an effort to ensure that the flow of news and information to readers continues unabated. News media is at is included in essential services. Therefore it will only be fair that journalists be given this cover of protection, especially in the face of a number of infected rising to astronomical levels.” said the EGI in it’s letter.
As per a list collated by the Network of Women in Media, India, close to 150 journalists across the country have lost their lives in the last year battling the deadly virus.
In spite of all hardships in the last year, fearless and honest journalists continue to bring heart-breaking and gut-wrenching realities from the ground and asking all the pertinent questions to the establishment on the crumbling health infrastructure.
India reported 3,79,257 positive cases and 3645 deaths in the last 24 hours.