Journalist Body Prays For Better Times For Media In 2021

Journalist Body Prays For Better Times For Media In 2021

Guwahati, December 16 (TNA) Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA), while expressing dismay over the increasing number of journalists killed and died of Covid-19 across the country, expects a better year 2021. The forum reveals that India emerges as the most dangerous country in the world with 14 journo-killings and its media fraternity lost 53 journalists to corona-complications till date in 2020.

Assam witnessed the killings of two journalists where Bijendeep Tanti (32) was found murdered on 8 August at his rented office in Tinsukia. Lately, Kakopathar based television reporter Parag Bhuyan (55) died in a mysterious road accident on 11 November. The government ordered a CID probe into the incident and the police had already seized the vehicle that hit the scribe and arrested its driver and handyman.

“Within the month of September, Assam lost three media persons to novel corona virus infection aggravated ailments. First it was the turn for rural reporter Dhaneswar Rabha (35) to succumb to Covid-29 at Guwahati medical college hospital on 6 September. In fact, Rabha was the first scribe in northeast India to die of Covid-19 complications,” said JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria.

Barak valley’s senior journalist Ashim Dutta (65) passed away with the infection at Silchar medical college hospital on 7 September. Guwahati based news presenter in All India Radio, Golap Saikia (52) died with corona-infections on 26 September at a city-based private hospital, said a JFA statement adding that Tripura’s Kakborok cable channel reporter Jitendra Debbarma (46) lost his battle against the corona infections on 20 October.

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