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Peter Greste

Peter Greste is an Australian-born journalist with 25 years experience as a foreign correspondent. He covered the civil war in Yugoslavia and elections in South Africa as a freelance reporter, before joining the BBC as its Afghanistan correspondent in 1995.
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, after intense international pressure, he was deported under a presidential decree.
Greste has won a Peabody Award (2011), Walkley Award (2014), Royal Television Society and Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards (2015).  He has also been awarded the International Association of Press Club’s Freedom of Speech Award and the Australian Human Rights Commission Medal.