Peter Greste

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Peter Greste
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Greste with his Peabody Award for the documentary Somalia: Land of Anarchy
BornSydney, New South Wales, Australia[1]
NationalityAustralian
OccupationJournalist
 
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Peter Greste
Peter Greste 2012 (cropped).jpg
Greste with his Peabody Award for the documentary Somalia: Land of Anarchy
BornSydney, New South Wales, Australia[1]
NationalityAustralian
OccupationJournalist

Peter Greste (born c.1965)[2] is an Australian journalist and correspondent. From 1991 to 1995 he was based in London, Bosnia and South Africa, where he worked for Reuters, CNN, WTN and the BBC.

On 29 December 2013, he along with other Al Jazeera journalists were arrested by Egyptian authorities.[3]

Early life[edit]

Greste's ancestry is Latvian.[1] He is a dual citizen of Australia and Latvia.[4]

Career[edit]

In 1995 he was based in Kabul, Afghanistan, where he was a correspondent for the BBC and Reuters, after which for a year he was based in Belgrade, where he was a correspondent for Reuters. He then returned to London, where he worked for BBC News 24. He was then based in Mexico, then Santiago, where was a correspondent for the BBC.[5] He returned to Afghanistan in 2001 to cover the start of the war. After Afghanistan, he worked across the Middle East and Latin America. From 2004 he was based in Mombasa, Kenya, then Johannesburg, South Africa, followed by Nairobi, Kenya, where he has lived since 2009. In 2011, he won a Peabody Award for a documentary on Somalia. He is a correspondent for Al Jazeera in Africa.[6][7]

Egyptian trial[edit]

Greste was arrested in Cairo with colleagues at the end of December 2013. The interior ministry said the journalists were accused of news reporting which was "damaging to national security".[8] He was imprisoned in Egypt in solitary confinement for a month before any formal charges were made.[9] On 29 January, it emerged that the Egyprtian authorities are to charge 20 Al Jazeera journalists, including Greste, of falsifying news and having a negative impact on overseas perceptions of the country.[10] His colleagues, Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, are also imprisoned; the three men were being held in the same cell in early February 2014.[11] The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has urged the authorities in Egypt to "promptly release" the Al Jazeera staff they are holding in custody.[2]

On 21 February, Greste was refused bail and had his court case adjourned until 5 March.[12]

On March 31st, he along with co-defendants Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohammed made a request to a judge during a hearing to be released. [3] During the hearing Greste told the judge: “The idea that I could have an association with the Muslim Brotherhood is frankly preposterous.”[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ojārs Greste "Austrālijas latvietis iesakņojies Āfrikā", Laikraksts Latvietis, No,92, 2010 (Latvian)
  2. ^ a b Australian Associated Press "UN urges Egypt to release foreign journalists, including Peter Greste", theguardian.com, 1 February 2014
  3. ^ a b c http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2014/03/31/canadian_journalist_asks_egyptian_judge_to_free_him_i_ask_for_acquittal.html
  4. ^ "Peter Greste calls on Tony Abbott to speak out for imprisoned journalists". The Guardian. 5 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Dispatches - Peter Greste". The Digital Journalist. Retrieved 2012-12-26. 
  6. ^ "Programmes | Crossing Continents | Peter Greste: Biography". BBC News. 2009-03-31. Retrieved 2012-12-26. 
  7. ^ Listening Post. "Peter Greste - Al Jazeera Blogs". Blogs.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 2012-12-26. 
  8. ^ "Egypt crisis: Al-Jazeera journalists arrested in Cairo", BBC News, 30 December 2013
  9. ^ Peter Greste "Peter Greste's letters from Egyptian jail", theguardian.com, 25 January 2014
  10. ^ Patrick Kingsley "Egypt to charge al-Jazeera journalists with damaging country's reputation", The Guardian, 29 January 2014
  11. ^ Paul Farrell "Peter Greste and two al-Jazeera colleagues moved to same cell", theguardian.com, 5 February 2014
  12. ^ "Egyptian court adjourns trial of Australian journalist Peter Greste". ABC News. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 

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