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Fight for freedom: Hear how Australian journalist Peter Greste survived over 400 days in an Egyptian prison for the crime of doing his job!

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Peter Greste's Biography

Peter Greste has worked as a foreign correspondent for the past 25 years. After leaving Australia in 1991, he worked in London for the BBC, CNN and Reuters before being appointed the BBC’s Afghanistan correspondent. He moved to London in 1997 to help the BBC launch its 24-hour domestic news network, News 24. The following year, he went back on the road, covering Latin America for five years.

After the 9/11 attacks, he briefly returned to Afghanistan as a part of the BBC’s award-winning coverage of the collapse of the Taliban. Peter relocated to Africa in 2003, reporting from some of Eastern and Southern Africa’s most volatile regions and in 2011, he won a prestigious Peabody Award for a BBC documentary on Somalia.

Later in 2011, Peter left the BBC and joined Al Jazeera as its East Africa Correspondent. He went to Cairo to cover the Christmas/New Year period in 2013, and two weeks after he arrived, security agents burst into his hotel room and arrested him and his colleagues. He was charged with aiding a banned organization – the Muslim Brotherhood; financing a banned organization and broadcasting false news to undermine national security. The court convicted Peter and his colleagues, and sentenced them to between seven and ten years of hard labor.

While in prison, Peter began a masters degree in International Relations with Griffith University. Later in 2015, became an honorary doctor of the university, for his services to journalism.

In February 2015, Peter was deported on an order of the Egyptian president, though he was included in the subsequent retrial that began a month later. Peter and his colleagues were once again convicted in the retrial though with their sentences reduced to three years. Their case has been widely condemned as an abuse of due process and their fundamental human rights.

In April 2016 Peter was awarded the ANZAC Peace Prize. He has also been awarded the International Association of Press Club's Freedom of Speech Award; and the Australian Human Rights Commission Medal.

Peter’s book 'First Casualty" was published in October 2017 where he talks about his experiences in Egypt and on the role of journalism in the War on Terror.

In 2018 Peter took up the position of UNESCO Chair of Journalism and Communications at the University of Queensland.

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Fight for freedom: Hear how Australian journalist Peter Greste survived over 400 days in an Egyptian prison for the crime of doing his job!