175 Indian journalists died due to COVID -Report
2021-05-04 at 10:23
About 175 journalists and media workers have died after contracting Covid-19 in the past 14 months in India, according to a tally by the Network of Women in Media, India.
In a memorial page, NWMI has compiled a comprehensive list of retired and working reporters, editors, anchors, photographers, and photojournalists who have died.
It is unknown how many contracted the virus while working.
Journalists in India were largely not included in the initial phase of the vaccination program when it was made available to frontline workers.
Meanwhile, media houses have also failed to provide safe working conditions.
The statement issued by NWMI read, “Media houses need to actively ensure the safety and health of journalists who work for them and those who, as independent stringers or freelancers, supply vital information, photographs and videos to them. Media houses must stop forcing journalists to travel in dangerously unsafe conditions to work in offices instead of encouraging them to work from home.”
India is currently battling a second wave of Covid-19 cases and facing severe shortage of oxygen, hospital beds, medicines and vaccines.
This has exacerbated the death toll across the country.