Media firms 'must learn from Kate Peyton's death'
26 November 2008
The inquest into the death of BBC producer Kate Peyton has ruled that she was unlawful killed. Kate Peyton was shot dead whilst on assignment in Mogadishu in February 2005.
The NUJ said that the killing has highlighted the massive pressures under which freelance and casual journalists have to work. Although BBC procedures allow for journalists to turn down dangerous assignments, the request for Kate to go to the Somali capital came at the same time as discussions over whether to renew her contract.
The NUJ is warning media companies that they must recognise the impact of poor job security on freelance workers and ensure that a similar tragedy does not occur in the future.
Jeremy Dear, NUJ General Secretary, said:
"The coroner's verdict highlights the unacceptable pressures placed on Kate Peyton – but it is symptomatic of the kind of pressures many freelances, casuals and those who lack proper job security face. They feel they have to go to any lengths to prove their worth.
"Some risks are unacceptable and managements need to review the security procedures in place for all staff and freelances in light of today's decision."