Tributes paid after BBC News journalist Hanna Yusuf dies aged 27

Source: BBC – 645 Words

BBC journalist Hanna Yusuf, whose recent work includes an investigation into working conditions at Costa Coffee stores, has died aged 27. The BBC’s Fran Unsworth, director of news, said Hanna was a “talented young journalist who was widely admired” and her death was “terrible news”. Her family said they were “deeply saddened and heartbroken” and hoped her legacy “would serve as an inspiration”. She wrote for the BBC News website, and had also worked as a TV news producer.

Hanna spoke six languages, including Somali and Arabic, and worked with, among others, whistleblowers and victims of serious crime. In 2018, she spoke to Zaynab Hussein, a mother of nine who moved to Leicester in 2003 after escaping violence and instability in Somalia.

She told Hanna about the hate crime that left her with life-changing injuries after she was repeatedly run over by a 21-year-old stranger in the street.

Hanna’s article about Costa Coffee working conditions revealed employees’ complaints alleging managers’ refusal to pay for sickness or annual leave, working outside of contracted hours and the retention of tips. A Costa Coffee spokeswoman said in August that an independent audit had been launched “given the serious nature of the allegations”.

Last year she also wrote about why some homeless people chose the streets over emergency shelter despite sub-zero temperatures. Hanna started at the BBC as a researcher on the News at Six and Ten in May 2017, before moving to the BBC News Channel and News at One and the website. Before joining the BBC, Hanna wrote for publications including the Guardian, the Independent, the Times, the Muslim News, the Pool and Grazia Magazine.

In 2015, she created a video for the Guardian about her decision to wear the hijab at the time, saying “it has nothing to do with oppression.

It’s a feminist statement”, which was picked up by other websites including Teen Vogue and Everyday Feminism….