Reporter who refused to go to war has tribunal decision reversed

An employment appeal tribunal in London today reversed an earlier decision by an employment tribunal, rejecting former ABC correspondent Richard Gizbert's claim that he was dismissed because of a refusal to go to a war zone.

ABC News said in a statement that it held a "long-standing policy" that all assignments to war zones and other dangerous places are completely voluntary.

The appeal tribunal concluded: "[Richard Gizbert] was under no obligation, contractual or otherwise, to visit war zones. [ABC News] operated a voluntary war zones policy.

His place of work was London. He chose not to visit war zones. He was thus in no danger, let alone imminent danger, nor could he, in the circumstances, reasonably believe otherwise."

The decision means that Gizbert will not receive the £98,000  that he was awarded in July 2006 on the claim that was dismissed today.

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