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‘Let me be clear – I will not stop’: Lattouf’s ABC case heading to trial

Antoinette Lattouf has confirmed her mediation with former employees ABC was unsuccessful, and she will be heading to trial to fight her unfair dismissal case against the national broadcaster.

Earlier this month, the Fair Work Commission ruled Lattouf had been sacked by the ABC when she was removed from air before completing a five-day stint on ABC Radio Sydney last December, after sharing a social media post accusing Israel as using starvation as a “weapon of war”.

The ABC claimed that Lattouf was not fired, but simply taken off air as she “failed or refused to comply with directions that she not post on social media about matters of controversy during the short period she was presenting”.

This was dismissed by the FWO, whose deputy president, Gerard Boyce, said ABC’s chief content officer, Chris Oliver-Taylor, “made the ultimate decision to take [Lattouf] off air”.

Lattouf met with the ABC for an “incredibly disheartening” mediation today, which didn’t result in an out-of-court settlement.

“Let me be clear,” Lattouf wrote on social media, following the failed mediation. “I will not stop. I will not stop fighting for press freedom. I will not stop fighting for human rights. I won’t stop fighting for a brave and independent ABC, a public broadcaster that doesn’t bow to lobbying groups.”

Mumbrella has contacted ABC for comment.

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