Following his arrest on 29 December 2013, Australian journalist Peter Greste spent 400 days in prison in Egypt. He and two Al Jazeera colleagues, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, were charged with spreading ‘false news’ and accused of helping the banned Muslim Brotherhood.
By the time he was suddenly deported from Egypt in February last year, Peter Greste had become an Australian household name. But perhaps you haven’t heard of Azimjon Askarov – a journalist serving a life sentence in Kyrgyzstan. Or, closer to home, Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani, who is currently detained by the Australian Government on Manus Island. These are just two of hundreds of writers who PEN International is fighting to free.
In partnership with PEN Melbourne, we’re presenting a conversation with Peter Greste about freedom of expression, persecution and resistance. On 15 November, PEN International’s Day of the Imprisoned Writer, Greste will share his story with Emma Alberici, and explore the plight of writers around the world who are still in detention. Where are the most dangerous places for writers to work today and what can we do about it?
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.
Emma Alberici is the presenter of ABC1's Lateline. Prior to taking up this role, Emma spent four years as the Europe Correspondent for the ABC based in the UK. She is the author of three editions of The Small Business Book and has been a finalist three times in the Walkley Awards for journalistic excellence.