BBC journalist Hanna Yusuf, whose current work included an investigation into working circumstances at Costa Coffee shops, has died aged 27.
The BBC’s Fran Unsworth, director of stories, stated Hanna was a “talented young journalist who was widely admired” and her dying was “terrible news”.
Her household stated they had been “deeply saddened and heartbroken” and hoped her legacy “would serve as an inspiration”.
She wrote for the BBC News web site, and had additionally labored as a TV information producer.
Hanna spoke six languages, together with Somali and Arabic, and labored with, amongst others, whistleblowers and victims of significant crime.
In 2018, she spoke to Zaynab Hussein, a mom of 9 who moved to Leicester in 2003 after escaping violence and instability in Somalia. She instructed Hanna in regards to the hate crime that left her with life-changing accidents after she was repeatedly run over by a 21-year-old stranger on the street.
Hanna’s article about Costa Coffee working circumstances revealed staff’ complaints alleging managers’ refusal to pay for illness or annual go away, working outdoors of contracted hours and the retention of ideas.
A Costa Coffee spokeswoman stated in August that an unbiased audit had been launched “given the serious nature of the allegations”.
Last yr she additionally wrote about why some homeless folks selected the streets over emergency shelter regardless of sub-zero temperatures.
Wearing the hijab
Hanna began on the BBC as a researcher on the News at Six and Ten in December 2017, earlier than transferring to the BBC News Channel and News at One and the web site.
In 2015, she created a video for the Guardian about her determination to put on the hijab on the time, saying “it has nothing to do with oppression. It’s a feminist statement”, which was picked up by different web sites together with Teen Vogue and Everyday Feminism.
Appearing on Good Morning Britain after the European Court of Justice’s 2017 ruling gave employers the facility to ban all political, spiritual and philosophical symbols at work, she instructed TV presenters Piers Morgan and Susannah Reid it could “disproportionately affect Muslim women”.
Born in Somalia in 1992, she obtained a Scott Trust bursary to do an MA in newspaper journalism at City, University of London in 2017, following her diploma at Queen Mary, University of London.
In a press release, Hanna’s household stated the dying of their “beloved daughter, sister and niece” had come as a shock and requested for privateness.
“Many will know Hanna for her unbelievable contributions to journalism and for her work on the BBC.
“While we mourn her loss, we hope that Hanna’s legacy will function an inspiration and beacon to her fellow colleagues and to her group and her significant reminiscence and the folks she has touched for a few years lives on,” they stated.
They added that they’d notify the group about funeral preparations in the end.
Director of BBC News Fran Unsworth stated: “This is horrible information that has left us all deeply saddened. Hanna Yusuf was a gifted younger journalist who was broadly admired throughout the BBC and our utmost sympathies go to her household and lots of pals. Hanna might be a lot missed.”
Fellow BBC journalist Sophia Smith Galer stated Hanna was “invariably the kindest, smartest and most fascinating person within the room”.
“We have misplaced a fierce buddy and a power for fact and lightweight which stretched far past her journalism to the various lives she touched right here on the BBC and past,” she stated.
“We will ensure her legacy of compassionate storytelling rings loud and clear within the time to come back and we’re going to miss her so, a lot.”
And BBC chief worldwide correspondent Lyse Doucet tweeted: “You left too quickly a world the place you shone such a shiny gentle.”