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'346 Journalists Died Due to COVID’: Plea in Supreme Court Seeks Compensation, Medical Benefits for Media Persons [READ APPLICATION]

Lawstreet Journal 4 Jun 2021 9:04pm

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An Intervention Application has been filed in a duo moto case before the Supreme Court seeking parity in the treatment of accredited journalists and non-accredited journalists for compensation and other benefits for their family members granted by the Central and state governments amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

This application filed by the Director of the Institute of Perception Studies Dr. Kota Neelima through Advocate Lubna Naaz, states that the Central government has still not declared journalists as frontline workers, while a couple of state government have designated them as frontline workers for vaccine prioritization alone.

The gist of the intervention application

The application cited figures of journalists who passed away in the line of duty during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There have been 253 deaths of journalists because of Covid-19 which have been verified and 93 death which is unverified between 1st April 2020 to 19th May 2021. The said list is not exhaustive. On average, 4 deaths of journalists have occurred between 1st April 2020 to 19th May 2021. The data suggests that 34% of the death have taken place in the metro cities whereas 66% of the deaths have taken place in the smaller cities. Moreover, the data also reveals that 54% of the deaths of the media persons have occurred in print media and the greatest number of deaths have taken place in the age group of 41-50 years,” it stated.

The Centre had launched a special drive under the Journalist Welfare Scheme (JWS) to help the families of… Continue Reading...


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