Rahul Gandhi highlights the difficult situation of journalists amid Covid-19 | India News
Tweeting a picture of journalist death statistics, the congressional leader said: “Look at the condition of those you see 24 hours, at least once!” (roughly translated from Hindi).
Look at the status of the ones that show you 24 hours once! https://t.co/EkJfCHPgra
– Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) 1619922591000
The image tweeted by the congressional deputy from a report dated May 1, read: “165 Indian journalists have lost their lives to Covid so far. On average, two journalists succumbed to the virus every day in April.”
This comes amid a widespread demand to treat journalists as front-line workers and give them priority in vaccination.
Last month, Uttarakhand Prime Minister Tirath Singh Rawat had ordered the vaccination of all journalists and representatives of the state’s media organizations, calling them “front-line workers”.
On April 14, Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had urged the central government to treat journalists as front-line workers and vaccinate them against Covid-19. He said the Delhi government would write to the Center on the matter.
On Saturday, the Publishers Guild of India (EGI) condemned the deaths of journalists due to Covid-19 in the past year and again called on the government to prioritize vaccination alongside frontline workers.
Meanwhile, India reported 3,924,888 new Covid-19 cases, 3,689 deaths and 3.07,865 discharges in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry.