Journalist Peter Greste was freed from an Egyptian prison in February after being held for 14 months on discredited terror charges – but his fight for justice is far from over.
Despite winning an appeal against their convictions for supporting the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, Greste and al Jazeera colleagues Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed are now being retried on the same spurious allegations. Fahmy and Baher, on bail in Cairo, face the prospect of further lengthy prison sentences. Greste, who was expelled by the Egyptian regime, risks being convicted in absentia.
The case of Greste and his colleagues is now the focus of a global campaign in support of freedom of speech and the need to protect the rights of journalists to work without official threats and intimidation - in the Middle East and beyond.
At this special Melbourne Press Club lunch Peter Greste spoke about the continuing case, the significance of the worldwide media support for him and his colleagues and the need to fight for press freedom around the world, including against draconian measures introduced by governments and justified by use of the word 'terrorism'.