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. Hamish Macdonald 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.

Hamish Macdonald (Australian)

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Hamish Macdonald is an award winning broadcaster and foreign correspondent, and fellow at Harvard University. He has covered wars, disasters and major world events and has secured nominations in prestigious journalism awards such as the Walkley Awards and the Quills Australian Journalist of the Year Award, a rare achievement for a commercial television network news reporter. He was also a finalist for the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding New Talent. A versatile news reporter and presenter he has delivered ground-breaking news reports (people smuggling in Indonesia), fronted investigative documentary specials (Bikie Wars: Here and Now) and regularly co-presents on The Project. Named Young Journalist of the Year by the British Royal Television Society in 2008, Hamish also anchored Al Jazeera's International Emmy nominated coverage of the Georgia-Russia war live from Tbilisi. During his time with Al Jazeera, Hamish hosted the flagship Newshour program and stood in as host for Sir David Frost. Hamish has studied Arabic in Yemen and Indonesian in Jakarta. He has worked for the UK's Channel 4 News and for five years with the international broadcaster Al Jazeera English.