Since 9/11, the number of journalists who have been imprisoned for their work has risen steadily. In 2017, a record number were behind bars – most for crimes against the state such as treason, sedition or terrorism.
Academic and journalist Peter Greste, who was himself imprisoned in Egypt on terrorism charges, examines the way press freedom has steadily eroded to its worst point this century – and how Australia’s new national security laws are a troubling continuation of that trend.
This event will be Auslan interpreted.
Presented in partnership with PEN Melbourne and PEN Sydney.
Dymocks Camberwell will be our bookseller at this event.
Peter Greste has worked as a foreign correspondent for the past 25 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 that year, he joined Al Jazeera as its East Africa correspondent. He was arrested in Egypt in December 2013, and while in prison, he won both Walkley and British Royal Television Society judges awards for his defense of press freedom.