Writers Live - Peter Greste introduces The First Casualty
24th Oct '17 @ Berkelouw Mona Vale
You are invited to meet Peter Greste when he introduces his new book The First Casualty.
Prior to arriving in Cairo in December 2013, Peter Greste had spent over two decades reporting from some of the world's volatile hotspots including Afghanistan (before and after 9/11), Kenya, Serbia, Somalia and South America. In Egypt on short-term assignment Greste and his colleagues from Al Jazeera's English Service expected no more than the usual degree of risk associated with covering a local political crisis. Until that is, they were suddenly arrested.
Charged with offences related to 'terrorism', allegations they consistently denied, Greste and his colleagues were imprisoned. The subsequent trial, then retrial, and final sentencing generated global headlines. On the 400th day of incarceration, after appeals by Barak Obama and Tony Abbott, Peter Greste was freed. Eight months later his colleagues were also released.
Part memoir, part historyThe First Casualty is a thought-provoking new book by one of Australia's finest foreign correspondents. Alongside the story of his journey through the Egyptian justice system, Greste includes accounts of the key moments in the War on Terror and sets his experience in historical context: as an example of the rise of extreme assaults on media freedom that has led to horrific murders of friends and colleagues.
Join us when Peter Greste is our guest at 6.30pm on Tuesday October 24th, 2017.
Bookings are essential and can be made online by following this link (fees apply) or by phone on 9979 2112.
Cost is $ 14.00, $ 5.00 of which will be credited against any purchases made on the evening.
About the author:
Peter Greste studied journalism at the Queensland University of Technology. His work as a foreiign 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.
Where: 12-14 Park Street, Mona Vale, 2103, Sydney, AU
When: Tue, 24th Oct
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM