127 journalists die of COVID-19
Published: 11:37 AM, 3 June 2020 Updated: 12:01 PM, 3 June 2020
At least 127 journalists have died from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) between March 1 and May 31 this year around the world, according to the statistics of the Geneva-based NGO Press Emblem Campaign (PEC).
The PEC released the information on Tuesday, Anadolu Agency reported.
According to NGO figures, at least 127 journalists died of coronavirus in the last three months. Around two-thirds of them were on duty while 72 died in May alone.
The PEC said this data is based on numerous sources, including national associations of journalists, local media, and PEC correspondents worldwide.
By region, Latin America was the most affected continent with at least 62 journalists, followed by Europe with 23, Asia 17, North America 13, and Africa 12.
Peru has the highest number of journalists’ deaths in Latin America, 15, followed by Brazil and Mexico with 13 deaths each and 12 in Ecuador.
There were 12 victims in the US and eight in Russia and Pakistan each. Five died in the UK, four in Bangladesh and then three deaths each in Bolivia, Cameroon, the Dominican Republic, France, India, Italy, and Spain.
Two deaths each in Algeria, Colombia, Egypt, Sweden and one each in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Iran, Japan, Morocco, Nicaragua, Nigeria, South Africa, Togo and Zimbabwe.
Hundreds of journalists have been infected with the coronavirus and several media outlets have been temporarily shut down, the report said.
"Media workers play an important role in the fight against the novel coronavirus. They have to inform about the spread of the disease," said PEC Secretary-General Blaise Lempen in a statement.
"A number of them died for lack of adequate protective measures when doing their job."