Four journalists and two cameramen have died in five days from covid-19 in Bolivia, which is going through a second wave of the pandemic.
Journalists Iván Miranda, Óscar Pérez, José Nogales and Jorge Laura, and cameramen Félix Vargas and Lucio Peralta died between January 17 and 22, the Bolivian National Press Association (ANP) reported this Sunday in a statement.
The entity, which brings together the main print media in the country, made a review with the trajectory of the deceased.
Pérez, who was a sports journalist, died on Sunday 17 in the city of Montero, in the eastern region of Santa Cruz, due to complications in his health derived from covid-19, according to the ANP.
Miranda, who died a day later, practiced the profession in print media and was a teacher in the careers of Social Communication and Political Sciences at the state Universidad Mayor de San Andrés (UMSA) in La Paz, in addition to directing the Federation of Press Workers of that region and also the national one.
On January 20, the deaths of Vargas, who worked for several private television channels, and Jorge Laura, a sports journalist born in the Andean region of Potosí, were recorded.
Nogales, who died on Friday 22nd, was recognized in the union for his journalistic coverage of the campaign and death of the Argentine-Cuban guerrilla, Ernesto Che Guevara in Bolivia in 1967 and also for his defense of press freedom during the military dictatorships of 1979 to 1981.
The same day, Peralta, a cameraman for the private channel Unitel, died after battling for several weeks against covid-19.
FIGURES AND REQUESTS
During the first wave of the pandemic, at least a dozen journalists died and more than a hundred became infected with the disease, according to the president of the Bolivian National Association of Journalists, Pedro Glasinovic, reported last October.
Last August, the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) awarded the Grand Prize for Press Freedom 2020 to more than 100 journalists and press workers from the Americas who lost their lives in the exercise of their profession due to the covid- 19.
A few days ago, the ANP asked the candidates who attend the next subnational elections to suspend the massive acts “in a gesture of empathy” with the people affected by the covid-19.
He also urged public and private entities to suspend press conferences, or limit themselves to the “strictly necessary”, giving priority to video conferences so as not to expose journalists to risky situations, without this being an argument to “avoid inquiries “from the media.
Bolivia has been in a second wave of infections of the new coronavirus for a few weeks with reports that exceed 2,000 cases per day, something that had not happened since July and August of last year.
With some eleven and a half million inhabitants, the country is close to 10,000 deaths and 200,000 accumulated infections since March 2020, when the first cases were detected.