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165 Indian journalists lost their lives to COVID so far, says data

On an average, two journalists succumbed to the virus everyday in April

A health worker takes nasal swab sample of a man for COVID-19 test in Srinagar | PTI Representational image

As many as 165 journalists have lost their lives to COVID-19 over the past one year, according to a list compiled by the Network of Women in Media. 

Almost 60 of those deaths came in the last one month alone, implying that on an average, two journalists have died every day in April. 

According to a study, conducted by the Delhi-based Institute of Perception Studies, as many as 101 journalists have succumbed to COVID-19 between 1 April 2020 and 28 April. However, the number is higher with more journalists succumbing to the virus till Saturday. 

Additionally, over 50 journalists have passed away due to COVID-related complications since January 2021 reports Firstpost. 

According to a study conducted by the Delhi-based Institute of Perception Studies, as many as 101 journalist deaths were recorded in India from 1 April 2020 to 28 April 2021. The total number of verified COVID-19 positive journalist deaths from 1 April 2021 to 28 April 2021 stood at 52. The states with the highest recorded death of journalists stood at Uttar Pradesh with 19 deaths, followed by Telangana at 17, and Maharashtra at 13.

Many journalists have taken to social media to point out that there was no priority given to journalists, despite being classified as an essential category and reporting from the frontline, on the vaccination front. While the governments mandated that those on election duty had to be vaccinated, journalists deployed at election rallies were not prioritised for vaccination. 


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