Peter Greste

Al Jazeera English

Peter Greste is an award-winning Australian journalist and correspondent who has worked for Reuters, CNN, the BBC, and most recently Al Jazeera English. He has reported principally from the Middle East, Latin America and Africa. During his career he has won the Peabody and Tribeca Film Festival Disruptive Innovation awards in the US, a Royal Television Society Judges award in the UK, and a Walkley Award in Australia.

In December 2013, Egyptian security agents arrested Greste and two other Al Jazeera English journalists, accusing them of news reporting that was "damaging to national security". In June 2014, he was found guilty and sentenced to seven years in jail. In February 2015, a month after a retrial of the three journalists was ordered, Greste was deported and his colleagues were released on bail. He had spent more than 400 days in a Cairo jail.

In March 2015 he gave a speech at the National Press Club in Canberra Australia in which he addressed the subject of the erosion of press freedom.

In December 2015 he received the 2015 Human Rights Medal in Sydney.

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