Emphas.is to offer insurance for photojournalists

Insurance can seem cost prohibitive to the freelance photojournalist, but covering conflict without it is foolhardy. I just read the following on the Emphas.is blog:

Emphas.is to offer insurance for photojournalists: DUBLIN, Jan. 12, 2011 (Emphas.is) –– Fifty-seven journalists were killed in 2010, according to the media watchdog Reporters Without Borders. That’s a 25% drop from 2009 but still a staggering number and a reminder that journalism can be a very dangerous business. For this reason Emphas.is has reached an agreement with Reporters Without Borders and Escapade Insurances in Canada to offer dedicated insurance plans to all participating photojournalists’.

We have a saying in Australia, ‘having a go’, and the more I read about Emphas.is, the more I like what they are trying to do. The fact that they are teaming up with Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans Frontières) adds weight, especially in matters relating to the risks of front-line reporting.