More than 600 journalists have died worldwide from coronavirus, warned the Swiss organization Press Emblem Campaign (PEC), which requires media employees to be among the priority cases for vaccination.
The Geneva-based organization, which was founded in June 2004 by a group of journalists from several countries, specifies, however, that it is not possible to distinguish journalists infected at work from journalists infected in private life.
- Because of their profession, journalists who go to the field to inform are really particularly exposed to the virus. Some of them, especially freelance journalists and photographers, cannot work only from home, PEC Secretary-General Blaise Lampen said in a statement.
The organization also demands that journalists be treated as priority workers and that they be vaccinated as priority cases.
According to the NGO, 602 journalists have died from Covid-19 since March 2020, 303 in Latin America, 145 in Asia, 94 in Europe, 32 in North America, and 28 in Africa.