Peter Greste

Peter Greste
  • Role: Honorary Fellow
  • Organisation: Centre for Ethical Leadership

Broadcast Journalist Peter Greste left Australia in 1991 to follow his dream of becoming a foreign correspondent. He covered the war in Yugoslavia and the end of Apartheid in South Africa as a freelance reporter, and in 1995 he joined the BBC as its Afghanistan correspondent. After a brief period back in Belgrade for Reuters, he helped launch the BBC's domestic 24-hour news network before going back on the road. From 1998 to 2003, he worked across Latin America for the BBC before moving to Africa, reporting from eastern, southern and central regions of the continent. 

In 2011, he left the BBC and joined Al Jazeera as its East Africa correspondent, reporting on the drought in the Horn, civil war in Somalia, political turmoil in Kenya, and violence in the DR Congo. In December 2013, while on assignment in Cairo, he was arrested and charged with aiding and financing a terrorist group. During his 400 days in prison, he smuggled out a number of letters defending freedom of the press that helped galvanise global support. Under enormous international pressure, Egypt's president ordered his release in February 2015. He won a prestigious Peabody Award for a BBC documentary on Somalia in 2011; and in 2014/15, he won a Walkley Judges Award, a British Royal Television Society Award, a Liberty Victoria Human Rights Award, a Tribeca Disruptive Innovators Award in New York and the International Association of Press Clubs' Media Freedom Award, all for his defence of press freedom.