Peter Greste

Peter Greste

Peter Greste

Award winning foreign correspondent and UNESCO Chair of Journalism and Communications, University of Queensland

Peter Greste spent two decades reporting from the front lines in some of the world’s most dangerous countries before becoming a victim of, what he describes as, the new global war on journalism.

Peter began his career as a foreign correspondent, covering the war in Yugoslavia and South Africa's first democratic election before being appointed as the BBC's Afghanistan correspondent in 1995.

In 2013, he made headlines himself when he was arrested on charges of terrorism and threatening national security. He endured a trial that was widely condemned as a travesty of justice and then incarcerated in an Egyptian prison. Following his release after 400 days behind bars, he has become a devoted advocate for press freedom.

Peter’s advocacy campaigns have earned him a series of awards including the Royal Television Society's Judges Award, a Walkley Award, the International Association of Press Club's Freedom of Speech Award and the Australian Human Rights Medal.

His book, The First Casualty, is part memoir, part history about the threats to modern journalism, and the fraught quest – and desperate need – for truth in the age of terrorism.

Parallel 5A: Building trust in a post truth world