The Editors Guild of India on Friday once more demanded that journalists be given precedence in vaccination towards COVID-19, and in addition urged all media organizations to take vital steps to ensure the protection of their scribes.
In a press release, the Guild condoled the deaths of journalists who’ve died due to COVID-19 over the previous 12 months. “In April 2021 itself, more than 52 journalists died because of the virus. Further, according to the Delhi-based Institute of Perception Studies, more than 100 journalists have died since the lockdown was first declared from April 1, 2020,” the Guild stated in a press release.
“Many of these were brave journalists who had been reporting on the worsening pandemic and bringing to fore stories on the great human tragedy that has been unfolding before us. It also includes editors and other members of the editorial teams who have ensured that newsrooms keep churning out these stories without any break,” it stated.
The Guild paid its homage to the fortitude and the dedication to work that these journalists have displayed over the previous 12 months.
The Guild stated this can be very distressed that the central authorities has but not taken any steps to hasten the vaccination of journalists over the previous few months.
Many of them had been freelancers and therefore weren’t insured, it added. “Others who worked for media organizations did not necessarily enjoy the assurance and comfort of being insured by their companies,” it stated.
“To make matters worse, besides the health risks borne out of such reporting, there have been the additional pressures from some of the state governments and agencies that have threatened against independent reporting of the pandemic in an effort to control the media narrative,” the Guild stated.
Few weeks in the past, the Guild stated it had demanded that journalists be declared as frontline employees and be vaccinated on precedence to guard them from the brand new variant.
“Despite the support from various state governments and media organizations, the central government has not responded to this request. Now, even though vaccination has been technically opened for all above 18 years of age, there is an acute shortage of vaccines,” it stated.
Therefore, the Guild stated it’s pressing demand that journalists be given precedence together with different frontline employees.
The Guild additionally urges all media organizations to take all the required steps to ensure the protection of their journalists, the assertion stated.
India noticed 3,86,452 new coronavirus infections in a span of 24 hours, the best single-day rise up to now, pushing the whole tally of COVID-19 circumstances to 1,87,62,976, whereas energetic circumstances crossed the 31-lakh mark, in keeping with the Union Health Ministry information up to date on Friday.