STATE TIMES NEWSSUCHETGARH: District Development Council Member Suchetgarh, Taranjit Singh Tony has demanded that journalists should be declared as frontline COVID-19 warriors.In a handout issued to media, Tony expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives of several journalists while performing their professional duties on ground like all other frontline warriors and emphasized that in such a situation it is necessary that they be immediately declared as frontline warriors by the Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory.“While as many as 12 states have included media persons in the category of ‘frontline COVID-19 warriors’ category, I fail to understand as to why the J&K UT administration has so far been reluctant to do so,” he added.The DDC member said, “Several states have already declared journalists as frontline warriors and the same should be done without any further delay by the Jammu and Kashmir Govt. These media persons from electronic or print media risking their lives are selflessly working 24X7 on ground to provide valuable information to the people in this hour of unprecedented crisis. Therefore it becomes the duty of the state to make them and their families secure by bringing them within the category of Corona warriors.”While emphasizing that proper exchange of news is important in the fight against COVID, he said that the importance of journalism and journalists needs to be realized by everyone today. He said, “Our current fight against the pandemic is no less than a war and media persons risking their lives in this war undoubtedly need to be given protection.The DDC member appealed to the Jammu and Kashmir government to realize this lapse now and immediately issue a notification declaring all the journalists associated with print, electronic and news portals who are disseminating information in this hour of unprecedented crisis as frontline COVID-19 warriors thus securing them along with their families.
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