In December 2013, journalist and foreign correspondent Peter Greste (The First Casualty) was arrested with his colleagues in Cairo. Charged with threatening national security, Peter endured a sham trial, solitary confinement and detention for 400 days. In June 2019, journalist Annika Smethurst’s (On Secrets) home was raided by the Australian Federal Police. She was told they were investigating the publication of classified information, but the raid raised significant questions about the relationship between journalism, policing and political interests in Australia. Annika Smethurst and Peter Greste (appearing live via video), both unwitting symbols of the importance and fragility of the freedom of the press, discuss their experiences with host Sally Warhaft.
Peter Greste (Australian)
Prof Peter Greste is UNESCO Chair in Journalism and Communication at the University of Queensland and a founding director of the advocacy group, the Alliance for Journalists’ Freedom. He came to academia in 2018 after 30 years as an internationally acclaimed journalist, including more than 25 years as a foreign correspondent for the BBC, Reuters and Al Jazeera. He has won numerous awards including a Peabody and a Royal Television Society Judges Award. Peter’s memoir The First Casualty was published in 2017.
Annika Smethurst (Australian)
Annika Smethurst is the state political editor at The Age newspaper in Melbourne. She is a double Walkley award winner and has two Melbourne Quill awards for political reporting. In 2019 Annika became the accidental poster woman for press freedom when her house was raided by the AFP over a story she wrote revealing a Government plan to allow the Australian Signals Directorate to spy on Australians. She is the former national political editor of the Sunday Telegraph and a regular on ABC's Insiders program and Sky News.
Sally Warhaft (Australian)
Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and interviewer and the host of the Wheeler Centre’s live journalism series, The Fifth Estate. She is a former editor of The Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia. Sally is a regular host and commentator on ABC Radio and has a PhD in anthropology.