£26k payout for snapper who refused to lift pictures

Former Jewish News photographer David Katz has won an unfair dismissal case against the paper in what he describes as a "David and Goliath" battle.

A tribunal ruled that Katz was unfairly dismissed for highlighting the company's practice of illegal publication of images downloaded from the Reuters website. The Jewish News had claimed they made him redundant to help save costs at the company.

Katz is to be paid a basic award of £1,680 and a compensatory award of £24,782 amounting to a total of £26,462.

The judgment said: "The principal reason for the claimant's dismissal was that he had made a protected disclosure within the meaning of section 43B and 43C of the Employment Rights Act 1996.

"The claimant was unfairly dismissed from his employment."

Katz said: "It's a fantastic award but it basically just covers the debts they've got me into taking it this far. I feel completely vindicated and it's been worth the hardest year if my life even though they tried to break me emotionally and financially to stop me doing this. It was a David and Goliath battle."

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