Peter Greste

Peter Greste

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Born in Sydney, Prof. Peter Greste studied journalism at Queensland University of Technology. His work as a foreign correspondent for Reuters, the BBC, CNN and Al Jazeera has taken him around the world and he has lived in London, Belgrade, Africa, South America and Afghanistan. He was awarded a Peabody Award in 2011 for his documentary Somalia: Land of Anarchy and the Australian Human Rights Medal in 2015 for his work as an advocate of a free press. In January he joined the University of Queensland as its UNESCO Chair in Journalism and Communications.

In 2013 Greste was arrested in Cairo, Egypt along with two Al Jazeera colleagues, for reporting news that was considered “damaging to national security”. He was subsequently tried and convicted for seven years, but was released without explanation after 14 months in prison, an experience he and his family recounted in Freeing Peter.

Timely, enlightening and passionate, Greste’s 2017 book The First Casualty is his first-hand account of how the war on journalism has spread from the battlefields of the Middle East to the governments of the West.

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