Peter Greste is an Australian-born journalist, author, media freedom activist and academic. He is a founding member of the advocacy group, the Alliance for Journalists Freedom, and the UNESCO Chair in Journalism and Communication at the University of Queensland. He is also a regular contributor to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Conversation, and The Guardian.
Before joining UQ in January 2018, he spent 25 years as a foreign correspondent, starting with the civil war in Yugoslavia and elections in South Africa as a freelance reporter in the early 90’s, before joining the BBC as its Afghanistan correspondent in 1995. He went on to cover Latin America, the Middle East and Africa for the BBC.
In December 2013 he was covering Egypt on a short three-week assignment when he was arrested on terrorism charges. After a trial widely dismissed as a sham, he was convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison.
In February the following year, after 400 days behind bars, and intense international campaign, he was deported under a presidential decree.
Peter has received many international awards related to his writing and advocacy for peace, press freedom, human rights and journalist safety.
Peter is a living witness to the power of personal and professional integrity. He has so much to offer, including resilience facing state based assault, courage in general and relating to truth and power. Truth telling is increasingly under fire while information is voluminous, disordered and ‘sponsored’. Peter has a story to tell that will encourage as well as challenge anyone listening, and especially the young.