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Memorial held in Kilinochchi for Tamil journalist Pragas Gnanapragasam

(Photograph courtesy of @Kavinthans

The Kilinochchi Media Forum held a memorial for 26 year old journalist Pragas Gnanapragasam who died earlier this week after contracting coronavirus. 

Pragas, was an independent journalist writing for magazines and newspapers in the North-East. He also contributed to the Tamil Guardian, as a correspondent based in the North-East, sending updates from the Tamil homeland.

Although Pragas was a muscular dystrophy patient, he was reportedly told by officials that he was not yet eligible to be vaccinated.

Earlier this year, Pragas highlighted that vaccinations had not been prioritised for muscular dystrophy patients despite being disproportionately vulnerable to coronavirus.

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