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BBC war journalist wins £40k ‘after being bullied into dangerous assignment which gave her PTSD’


A WAR journalist who claimed the BBC bullied her into a dangerous assignment has won a £40,000 payout.

Natalie Morton, 44, was with Beeb chief war correspondent Lyse Doucet in Syria in April 2014 when a bomb showered their car with shrapnel.

A cameraman suffered 35 shrapnel injuries and, although she escaped with minor injuries, the incident destroyed Ms Morton's mental health, she claimed.

She had severe PTSD that ended her career and made her turn to drink.

"She has not watched or listened to the news since May 2015," said her barrister.

Suing the corporation, Ms Morton also said she was bullied by Ms Doucet - who has an OBE and was part of the BBC's Emmy-winning Syrian war reporting team - into risking her life on the "unnecessary" trip into wartorn Homs.

However, the BBC said Ms Morton had decided to go along, and insisted that all precautions were taken.

BBC barrister David Platt QC said: "Ms Doucet did not pressurise or intimidate the claimant, who raised no objection to going to Homs.

"Neither did the claimant need to go, had she viewed it journalistically unnecessary."

The claims of Ms Morton, from Highgate, North London, were due to be heard at Central London county court but the BBC, which denied liability, agreed a payout plus costs.

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