Tribunal delayed for journalist who refused to go to war

A landmark employment case over the dismissal of a reporter who refused to go to war has been delayed until next month.
 
Former ABC News London correspondent Richard
Gizbert claims the network sacked him after 11 years over his refusal
to cover the war in Iraq.
The three-day tribunal was due to start tomorrow (Wednesday) but it
will instead now start some time in August.
 
The case has been delayed because the tribunal chairman believes it will take five days rather than three.
 
Former BBC war correspondent Martin Bell is expected to be an expert witness in the case.
 
Gizbert said. “This case is not just about me. Many news organisations
are having difficulty finding reporters to cover this war, especially since
westerners have become targets of bombings and abductions. It is vital companies
like ABC/Disney, which claim war zones are voluntary, are held to account when
they renege on their promises.”
 
Gizbert claims the case could set a legal
precedent. His legal team is expected to argue that health and safety
protections provided under UK employment law should apply to
journalists employed in the UK but assigned to war zones in other
countries.
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