Peter Greste

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Peter Greste in May 2012.

Peter Greste (born c. 1965) is a Latvian-Australian journalist. He is best known for his work as a foreign correspondent. From 1991 to 1995, he was based in the United Kingdom, Bosnia and South Africa. During this time, he worked for Reuters, CNN, WTN and the BBC. He eventually worked for Al Jazeera. In May 2012, he won a Peabody Award for his work on the documentary Somalia: Land of Anarchy.

Greste was born in Sydney, New South Wales. Greste's ethnicity is Latvian.[1] He is a dual citizen of Australia and Latvia.[1]

On 29 December 2013, he and other Al Jazeera journalists were arrested in Cairo, Egypt by authorities on terrorism charges relating to the Muslim Brotherhood.[2] On 23 June 2014, Greste was found guilty by the court, and sentenced to seven years jail. United States Secretary of State John Kerry and Australian officials were quick to show support for the jailed journalists.[3]

On 2 February 2015, Greste was released from prison and made to leave Egypt.[4] This was ordered by the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, because of a new law which lets the government deport foreign prisoners.[4]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Ojārs Greste (2010). "Austrālijas latvietis iesakņojies Āfrikā". Laikraksts Latvietis (in Latvian). 
  2. "Australian journalist Peter Greste among Al Jazeera reporters detained by Egyptian police". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  3. "Peter Greste jailed for seven years". Brisbane Times. 23 June 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Peter Greste: Australian journalist on his way home after being released and deported from Egypt - ABC News". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2 February 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 

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