Life and injury insurance for journalists – developed by the IFJ

Brussels, 19/01/2017. The IFJ has just announced a new life and injury insurance policy for journalists, “Insurance for Journalists”, that offers a ‘no-nonsense’ broad spectrum of cover for news professionals, includes coverage within both war and civil-war zones, and is available to both staffers and freelancers.

Insurance for Journalists is designed to provide accessible insurance at home, abroad and in the more hostile regions of the world. Unlike many other schemes, the policy covers ALL journalists, media workers and fixers, whether employed or freelance, regardless of age, and anywhere in the world.

Coverage includes war zones
Coverage includes travel to and working in war zones and areas affected by terrorism or rebellion, including civil war and where no official war has been declared (an important distinction for insurance purposes). It also includes when you are at home, as well as on assignment.

Many insurance companies refuse to insure news professionals working in dangerous areas, or offer it at very high cost, which results in freelancers especially, including fixers and technical staff, covering news in some of the world’s most dangerous countries without the safety net of an insurance policy.

‘Insurance for Journalists’ policies provide cover for accidental death and disablement, plus emergency accident and sickness evacuation and repatriation from anywhere in the world, including hostile regions, to the policyholders’ country of residence when required. Unlike other policies, this insurance covers “embedded” journalists; those being transported in military vehicles including aeroplanes and helicopters.

The insurance policies have been developed with the assistance of a team of journalists led by Frank Giglio, a former news production manager with 42 years’ experience gained working in the field for ABC and Fox News, in consultation with IFJ staff.

“The majority of news organisations and media outlets rely on the freelance community to cover breaking news, documentaries and special events, it is essential that each individual or group are properly insured ,” said Giglio.

The IFJ’s 25th annual report on journalists and media staff killed (1990-2015) recorded at least 2,297 media professionals killed in the last 25 years, with highest death rates in Iraq (309), Philippines (146) and Mexico (120). Although safety training is an essential precursor to working in such countries, more support is needed, said IFJ General Secretary Anthony Bellanger.

“While careful planning remains the most important part of newsgathering, no media worker should be excluded from access to a decent and global insurance covering all risks. The IFJ has been working with ‘Insurance for Journalists’ to offer an affordable comprehensive insurance scheme for all our affiliates’ members worldwide”.

Application process quick and easy
All policies are provided by IOMA Insurance in conjunction with Lloyd’s of London, the specialist insurance market. Insurance cover starts from as little as €12 per week for €100,000 cover and policies can be obtained in a matter of minutes online. Holders of the IFJ International Press Card benefit from a 10% discount on each policy.

Cover may be taken out before the assignment or even during it. You can take out cover for a week, a month or the whole year. Cover is available 24/7.

More information

More details, documents and FAQs are available here:  

Information about the scheme:

For more information, please contact: the IFJ on + 32 2 235 2216.

For any press queries, please contact: Jose Bonito, +44 7528 016224

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