According to Press Emblem Campaign (PEC), at least 840 journalists died of Covid-19 worldwide in one year
At least 840 journalists died of Covid-19 in total 68 countries –from March, 2020, till February this year – more than two per day on average, according to the Geneva-based Press Emblem Campaign (PEC).
Bangladesh ranks 6th in the world in terms of coronavirus-related deaths among journalists with 44 deaths.
The tally was developed based on information from local media, national associations of journalists, and regional PEC correspondents.
“The PEC deplores this large number of victims from the coronavirus and sends its condolences to families and colleagues. It is essential that now journalists can have rapid access to vaccination so that they can do their work in the field without endangering their lives”, said PEC Secretary-General Blaise Lempen.
“We hope that numbers, still very high in January-February, will start to drop”, he added.
Of the total 840 journalists who died from the deadly virus since March 1, Latin America led with more than half of the known victims – 458 deaths,” read a PEC release issued on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Asia followed Latin America with 151 deaths, ahead of Europe 147, North America 45, and Africa 39 Covid-19 deaths, the heaviest toll in the media community since World War II.
The total number of victims is certainly higher, as the cause of death of journalists is sometimes not specified or their death not announced, said the PEC release adding that in some countries, there is no reliable information.
Peru remains the country with the heaviest death toll with 108 media workers who have died from coronavirus since March, 2020 while Brazil is in second place with 102 victims, ahead of Mexico, which saw 87 journalists dying from the virus.
India follows with 56 dead. Italy is the most bereaved European country with 46 journalists dead. Bangladesh follows with 44.
In the US, 44 victims of Covid-19 have been counted among the media, then Ecuador 42 dead. In Colombia, 37 journalists were killed by the virus, then Great Britain with 26 deaths, ahead of Pakistan with 23 deaths.
In Turkey, 21 deaths from the deadly virus have been recorded.
In Panama, that number is 16, in Ukraine, 14, Bolivia, 14, Russia, 13, and in Spain, the death toll stands at 12.
Afghanistan and Argentina reported nine victims each.
In the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nigeria, South Africa, and Venezuela eight Covid-19-related casualties were confirmed.
In Egypt, France, and Nicaragua, six journalists died in each country while Guatemala reported four deaths.
At least three journalists died in Cameroon, Iran, Morocco, Nepal, Salvador, Sweden, and Zimbabwe, each.
Two deaths are known in the following countries: Algeria, Cuba, Indonesia, Paraguay, and Portugal.
Whereas, at least one death among media workers were reported from the following 28 countries: Austria, Azerbaijan, Benin, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Germany, Ghana, Iraq (Kurdistan), Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mozambique, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Togo, Uganda, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Uruguay.