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Title Foreign Correspondent: Egypt/Australia - My Fight For Freedom
Published Australia : ABC, 2015
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Summary "So our arrest is not a mistake, and as a journalist this IS my battle. I can no longer pretend it'll go away by keeping quiet and crossing my fingers." - Peter Greste's first letter from prison. For the first time, journalist Peter Greste reports his own story: the fabricated terrorism charges, his 400 days in Egyptian jails, and the long hard fight for freedom of speech.For foreign correspondent Peter Greste, it was meant to be a routine assignment - a three week stint covering political unrest in Cairo. It spiralled into a 400 day prison ordeal, with Greste and two Al Jazeera colleagues accused of helping terrorists and spreading "false news".The Al Jazeera case was internationally derided and condemned as a gross miscarriage of justice - "chilling, draconian... deeply disturbing," in the words of the US Secretary of State.It's been six months since Greste was deported from jail in Egypt - and 18 months since he reported a story. But now he's finally back on the job. In a two part Foreign Correspondent special, Greste tells of his own extraordinary journey: from the mind numbing captivity of a Cairo hell-hole to the blast of freedom on a windswept Queensland beach."I sat down on the floor and I just remember bursting into tears, tears running down my face." - Greste after the Cairo court sentenced him to seven years in jailGreste tells how he and his colleagues fought to keep their spirits alive - making murals from scrap tin foil, scribbling long letters on toilet paper to be smuggled out to loved ones; and always dreaming of release."I want that moment of explosive joy, of happiness, of a crowd... because after all of this time you want it to end with a big bang." - Greste heading home"I sometimes understate things but I daresay 'Welcome home' would not be out of place." - Greste's father Juris on the homecomingPeter Greste's parents and brothers reveal their torment during his incarceration - and their joy and relief on news of his deportation. His Al Jazeera colleagues Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed - who are both free on bail - also describe their time in captivity. Their re-trial is heading towards its climax. The verdict - which could see Greste sentenced in absentia and Fahmy and Baher thrown back into prison - is due on Thursday July 30
Notes Closed captioning in English
Event Broadcast 2015-07-28 at 20:00:00
Notes Classification: NC
Subject Journalists -- Attitudes.
Prison sentences.
Protest movements.
Searches and seizures.
Trials (Terrorism)
Egypt -- Cairo.
Queensland -- Sunshine Coast.
Form Streaming video
Author Greste, Peter, reporter
Adow, Mohamed, contributor
Bishop, Julie, contributor
Bossiouni, Wafa Abdel Hamid, contributor
Fahmy, Adel, contributor
Flynn, Chris, contributor
Greste, Andrew, contributor
Greste, Juris, contributor
Greste, Lois, contributor
Greste, Mike, contributor
Mohamed, Baher, contributor
Mohamed, Fahmy, contributor
Omara, Marwa, contributor