Foreign correspondent Peter Greste spent two decades reporting from the frontline in the world’s most dangerous countries before making headlines himself following his incarceration in an Egyptian prison. The First Casualty is his enlightening firsthand account of how the war on journalism spread from the battlefields of the Middle East to the governments of the West. John Lyons speaks to Peter about the extent to which investigative journalism is under threat in the age of terrorism and fake news.

Supported by the City of Parramatta.

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.

John Lyons (Australian)

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John Lyons is Head of Investigative and In-Depth Journalism at the ABC. He has won many awards, including three Walkleys and the Graham Perkin Award for Australian Journalist of the Year. A former Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, John was for six years Middle East correspondent of The Australian, based in Jerusalem. Based on those six years, Lyons has written his latest book, Balcony Over Jerusalem. Travelling to Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Gaza, Egypt, Libya and Turkey, Lyons examines the rise and dramatic collapse of the Arab Spring. He also looks in intimate detail at Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian Territories, with confronting observations of that conflict.