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MEDIA COVID-19 CASUALTIES INCREASE, JFA EXPRESSES GRIEF

July 15, 2020 09:58 PM

 Guwahati (Face2News)

Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA), while expressing shock and grief over the increase of casualties among media persons due to the Covid-19 pandemic in different parts of the country, urges every scribe to be cautious and careful in safeguarding themselves and their families while performing their duties.

Local media reports reveal that a senior journalist of Orissa (Odisha)  died of novel corona virus infection on 13 July 2020 to increase the tally of Covid-19 victims in the State media fraternity up to three.

Senor video journalist M Parthasarathy (46), who worked for a Telugu news channel in Andhra Pradesh, died of Covid-19 complications on 12 July. New Delhi based scribe Tarun Sisodia, who worked for Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar and tested positive for Covid-19, killed himself undergoing treatment at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on 6 July. The printer-publisher of Asomiya Khabar (Rantu Das) died of heart-failure at a Guwahati hospital on 3 July, who later tested positive for Covid-19.

Simanchal Panda (63) from Balipadar village in Ganjam district, who used to work for an Odia weekly magazine, breathed his last at a hospital. His son Asit Panda also died of Covid-19 complications few days back.

Earlier two Oriya (Odia) journalists namely K.Ch Ratnam and  Priyadarshi Patnaik succumbed to the virus infections on 12 and 11  July. Ratnam (72) used to work for the Hyderabad based Telugu daily Eenadu and Patnaik (46) worked for Oriya newspaper Samaaj and both died in Bhubaneswar while undergoing treatments.

Meanwhile, senor video journalist M Parthasarathy (46), who worked for a Telugu news channel in Andhra Pradesh, died of Covid-19 complications on 12 July. New Delhi based scribe Tarun Sisodia, who worked for Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar and tested positive for Covid-19, killed himself undergoing treatment at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on 6 July. The printer-publisher of Asomiya Khabar (Rantu Das) died of heart-failure at a Guwahati hospital on 3 July, who later tested positive for Covid-19.

Chennai based news videographer E Velmurugan, Chandigarh based news presenter Davinder Pal Singh, Hyderabad based television scribe Manoj Kumar, Agra based print journalist Pankaj Kulashrestha and Kolkata based photojournalist Ronny Roy earlier succumbed to Covid-19 complications.

Lately over one hundred Guwahati based media employees, working for news papers, news channels and news portals, tested positive for the  virus infection as they continue working as corona-warriors. But shockingly the worrisome development has not been properly reported by most of the city based mainstream media outlets. 

“For how many casualties the newspapers and news channels are waiting for? It is our duty and responsibility to report correctly about the media Covid-19 warriors as they are working in a pandemic along with the doctors, nurses, sanitation workers, police personnel etc,” said JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria adding that respective managements should arrange the necessary screenings for their employees.

 
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