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Covid-19 adds to dangers for Bangladeshi journalists

Apart from the risk of infection, media workers face legal threats for criticizing the response to the pandemic

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Covid-19 adds to dangers for Bangladeshi journalists

Journalists and students protest in front of the National Press Club in Bangladeshi capital Dhaka in August 2018 to demand justice for victims of violence against journalists. (Photo: UCA News)

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“Dear friends and well-wishers, I have spent with you a life full of joy. I am thankful and grateful to you. Some time ago, I received the report. I have been tested positive, yes, corona positive,” Victor K. Rozario wrote on his Facebook page on May 17.

“I will be admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital soon. I don’t know if I will make a comeback or not. I will not use my Android phone anymore, so I will be out of touch. This might be my last post.”

A father of three who attends Maria Virgo Potens Catholic Church in Natore district, Rozario shocked many with his admission of Covid-19 infection, with hundreds sending him prayers and encouraging him to stay strong to fight the deadly virus.

Rozario, a Catholic writer and sub-editor with Dhaka-based daily Amader Notun Somoy (Our New Era), is the latest journalist to be infected with Covid-19 in Bangladesh.

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