Nearly 500 journalists died worldwide due to Covid-19

Press Emblem Campaign (PEC), a non-governmental organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, reported that approximately 500 journalists in 56 countries have died due to the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) since the beginning of March.

In a written statement from the Geneva-based non-governmental organization Press Emblem Campaign (PEC), it was stated that 489 media workers from 56 countries have died from Covid-19 since the beginning of March.

The statement emphasized that some countries did not report the deaths of journalists or the journalists who lost their lives were not tested, and the statistics on the deaths of journalists could be misleading.

In the statement, it was stated that 22 media workers died in October and 47 media workers in November due to Covid-19.

According to PEC’s research, Latin American countries were again at the top of the list in deaths from Covid-19.

93 journalists died in Peru, 51 in India, 43 in Brazil, 41 in Ecuador and 39 in Bangladesh, respectively.

33 in Mexico, 25 in the USA, 12 in Pakistan, 11 in Panama, 10 in England, 9 in Bolivia, 8 in Nigeria, 7 in Afghanistan, Dominican Republic and Honduras, Argentina 6 journalists from Nicaragua and Venezuela, 5 from Colombia, France, Russia and Spain, and 4 from Italy died in the epidemic.

PEC General Secretary Blaise Lempen stated that the Covid-19 epidemic continues to take more lives among media workers, “This is a huge loss. The number of victims is increasing among journalists in countries such as India, Brazil, Argentina and Mexico,” warned.

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