(March 23, 2017).- The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) has joined forces with a major insurance company to unveil a new cost-effective insurance scheme covering all media workers without restriction in any region of the world.
'Insurance for Journalists' is the only international insurer specialising solely in insuring journalists without restrictions, following journalists wherever their next assignment may take them, whether they are covering a film premiere or in the front line in a war zone.
Many insurance companies refuse to insure news professionals working in dangerous areas, or do it at very heavy costs, which results in many reporters and freelancers, including fixers and technical staff, covering news in some of the world's most dangerous countries without the safety net of an insurance policy.
Now IAPA has joined forces with 'Insurance for Journalists' to provide the opportunity for cover for all its affiliates' from media outlets, professionals attached to media organizations or freelancers and stringers working on assignments anywhere in the world.
Every policy provides cover for accidental death and disablement plus emergency accident and sickness evacuation and repatriation from anywhere in the world including hostile regions to the policy holders' country of residence when required.
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 25th annual report on journalists and media staff killed (1990-2015) recorded at least 2297 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 way to minimise journalists' risks abroad, more is needed to provide media colleagues with the safest working environment.
"We have much hope and enthusiasm for this new tool that we will offer with Insurance for Journalists. It is perfectly aligned with our mission and permanent search to give greater protection and security to journalists and media who face risks in their professional work daily, "said Roberto Rock, IAPA's Chairman of the Committee on Freedom of the Press.
All policies are provided by Isle of Man Assurance Limited (IOMA). IOMA is authorised and regulated by the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority and in the UK by the Financial Conduct Authority.
Insurance cover starts from as little as $12 per week for €100,000 cover and policies can be obtained in matter of minutes online at https://Insuranceforjournalists.com/sip
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