The populous country lost over 50 working journalists to novel coronavirus infection aggravated ailments and it also witnessed killings of 15 scribes till the last week of December.
The largest democracy in the globe along with Mexico emerged as the hazardous places for scribe this year as the global tally of mediavictims to assailants reaches to 92 in 31 countries, said Press Emblem Campaign (PEC), the Geneva based media watchdog in its recent reports. Mexico, as it routinely observes journo-murders for several years, witnessed the killings of 12 scribes in 2020 followed by Pakistan (8 dead), Afghanistan (7), Iraq & Honduras (5 each), etc.
It also added that the Philippines and Syria witnessed murders of four scribes each, followed by Nigeria & Venezuela (three scribes each), Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Liberia, Somalia, (two each), Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Russia, Argentina, Cameroon, Ecuador, Mozambique, Paraguay, Sweden, Barbados, etc (one each).
“Fewer journalists have died in areas of armed conflict this year, but too many of them have been targeted for their works in peaceful countries,” commented Blaise Lempen, general secretary of PEC (www.pressemblem.ch) reiterating the forum’s stand for condemnations against those incidents of scribe-killings and consistent demands to punish the culprits under the law.
More than 580 journalists have died of Covid-19 complications where affected countries include Peru (93 casualties), India (53), Brazil (51), Mexico (42), Ecuador & Bangladesh (41 each), Italy (34), USA (30), Pakistan (22), Turkey (17), UK (12), etc and thus a single year snatched away the lives of over 600 journalists with the pandemic and violence, stated Lempen adding that it is the worst statistics since the Second World War.
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