Sydney Writers’ Festival 2018 presents
PETER GRESTE: THE FIRST CASUALTY
Foreign correspondent Peter Greste spent two decades reporting from the frontline in the world’s most dangerous countries before making headlines himself following his incarceration in an Egyptian prison. The First Casualty is his enlightening firsthand account of how the war on journalism spread from the battlefields of the Middle East to the governments of the West.
Fellow correspondent Hamish Macdonald speaks to Peter about the extent to which investigative journalism is under threat in the age of terrorism and fake news.
Dates & Times:
Saturday 5 May 2018 at 7:30pm
Peter Greste was born in Sydney and studied journalism at the Queensland University of Technology and is the author of The First Casualty. His work as a foreign correspondent for Reuters, the BBC 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 on Somalia, and the Australian Human Rights Medal in 2015 for his work as an advocate of a free press. In 2013, he was arrested in Cairo, along with his Al Jazeera colleagues, for reporting news that was ‘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.