Since 9/11, the number of journalists who have been imprisoned for their work has risen steadily. In 2017, a record number were behind bars – most for crimes against the state such as treason, sedition or terrorism. Academic and journalist Peter Greste, who was himself imprisoned in Egypt on terrorism charges, examines the way press freedom has steadily eroded to its worst point this century, and how Australia’s new national security laws are a troubling continuation of that trend.

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Peter Greste (Australian)

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Peter Greste is an Australian journalist and former Al Jazeera correspondent who spent 400 days in an Egyptian prison. He has worked as a correspondent for Reuters, CNN and the BBC, predominantly in the Middle East, Latin America and Africa. His book, Freeing Peter, written with his family who spearheaded an international media campaign to champion his release, was published in 2016. He has since joined the University of Queensland as a Professor in Journalism and Communication.