JFA expresses anguish over scribe deaths due to Covid-19

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GUWAHATI, Oct 20: The Covid-19 pandemic continues to take its toll as more journalists are dying because of the novel coronavirus aggravated complications across India. Lately, Mysuru based senior journalist Pavan Hettur (35), who worked for Kannada daily Prajavani succumbed to the infection at a private hospital on October 18 last.

Days back Patna based photojournalist Krishna Mohan Sharma (63), who worked for Times of India, died of Covid-19 complications on October 15 while undergoing treatment at AIIMS, New Delhi as well as senior cricket journalist and commentator Kishore Bhimani (81) died at a Kolkata based private hospital after contracting Covid-19 on the same day.

As India has lost nearly 50 working journalists to the new-found virus infection, Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) reiterated its appeal to every media person to be careful and cautious while reporting the pandemic from the ground. JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria, while terming the journalists as corona-warriors expressed shock at the higher stake of loss compared to worldwide media corona-casualties of around 400. Notably, the robust Indian media family lost at least twelve journalists to corona-complications within September.

Expressing concern over hundreds of Guwahati-based media persons also contracting the virus, the JFA appealed to media group managements to come clean on their employees’ corona health status as part of their social responsibility. The forum added that while news channels and newspapers continue identifying other Covid-19 patients, they collectively remain silent when their employees turn positive.

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