Peter Greste Biography

Peter Greste is a journalist from Australia with dual citizenship in Australia and Latvia. He has reported for Reuters, CNN, and the BBC, primarily in the Middle East, Latin America, and Africa.

How old is Peter Greste? – Age

Peter Greste was born on 1 December 1965 in Sydney, Australia. He is 46 years as of 2021.

Where did Greste go to school? – Education

Greste went to Indooroopilly State High School and was the school captain. He received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane.

Peter Greste Wife – Family

He was born to Juris Greste and Lois Greste and has two younger brothers, Andrew and Mike Greste. Greste is of Latvian descent. He holds dual citizenship in Australia and Latvia.

Peter Greste Wife

Greste is said to be dating the former journalist Christine Jackman. There’s no information about their children.

Peter Gretse The journalist
Peter Greste The journalist

What is Greste Salary?

His salary is under review.

Greste Net Worth

His net worth is $1.5 million.

Peter Greste Career

Greste served in Reuters, CNN, WTN, and the BBC from 1991 to 1995 in London, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and South Africa. He was a journalist for the BBC and Reuters in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1995, and then for a year in Belgrade, Serbia, where he was a journalist for Reuters. Gretse subsequently went back to work for BBC News 24 in London. As a BBC journalist, he was posted in Mexico and later Santiago. In 2001, he returned to Afghanistan to chronicle the beginning of the conflict. Greste moved on to the Middle East and Latin America after Afghanistan. He lived in Mombasa, Kenya, from 2004 to 2007, then Johannesburg, South Africa, and Nairobi, Kenya, for six years.

Greste and his companions were apprehended in Cairo at the end of December 2013. The journalists were accused of “damaging to national security” news reporting, according to the interior ministry. Greste was held in solitary detention for a month in Egypt before official accusations were brought against him. On January 29, it was revealed that Egyptian authorities were planning to prosecute 20 Al Jazeera journalists, including Greste, for fabricating news and distorting international opinions of Egypt. Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, two of his coworkers, were also detained; in early February 2014, the three men were kept in the same cell. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights urged Egypt’s authorities to “immediately release” the Al Jazeera journalists who were being held in detention.
Greste’s court case was delayed until 5 March after he was denied bail on the 21st of February.
During a hearing on the 31st of March, Greste and co-defendants Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed asked a court to free them.
“The suggestion that I might have a relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood is just absurd,” Greste told the judge during the hearing. Greste was found guilty and sentenced to seven years in jail by the court on June 23. Mohammed Fahmy was sentenced to seven years in jail, while Baher Mohamed was sentenced to 10 years. The international response was immediate and unfavorable. US Secretary of State John Kerry slammed Greste and his coworkers’ sentences, calling them “chilling and harsh,” and noting that he had talked with Egyptian authorities, including President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi. Al-Sisi, on the other hand, remained unimpressed. The Egyptian president announced the day following the trial, amid considerable worldwide outrage, that he would not intervene with court decisions. Due to the nature of the trial, the lack of relevant evidence provided, and the penalties, Greste and his colleagues were viewed as political prisoners across the world.
Greste and his colleagues were retried on January 1, 2015, by the Court of Cassation. It was not possible to be released on bail. Greste was deported to Australia on February 1st. The Egyptian legislation that allows foreigners to be deported states that they face imprisonment or trial in their home country, but Greste’s conviction is unlikely to be upheld by Australia. Otherwise, no reason for his release was stated. On August 29, 2015, an Egyptian court condemned Peter Greste and his colleagues to three years in jail again, with Baher Mohamed receiving an extra six months. Greste had to avoid detention since he was deported to Australia in February. He was tried in his absence. Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were pardoned by Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi about a month later, on September 23, 2015. Greste learned of his colleagues’ release while recording a piece for ABC Television’s The Chaser’s Media Circus in front of a live studio audience, and his response was captured on video. The next day, the program aired.

The show’s host Craig Reucassel provided a disclaimer at the opening of the program, stating that because it was shot before to the pardon’s announcement, the show did not recognize it until the conclusion.

He returned to Australia in February 2016 to work as a freelance writer, speaker, and press freedom champion. He hosted a two-part TV documentary miniseries about Sir John Monash, Monash and Me, which broadcast in Australia in 2018. In February 2018, he was appointed “UNESCO Chair in Journalism and Communications” at the University of Queensland. Greste formed the Alliance for Journalists’ Freedom with lawyer Chris Flynn and journalist Peter Wilkinson.

Greste wrote and directed on Facebook: Cracking the Code, a documentary for Four Corners (an Australian television show hosted by Sarah Ferguson), in 2017. (journalist).

Greste Prizes

He received a Peabody Award in 2011 for a BBC documentary about Somalia. He quit the BBC that year to work as an African correspondent for Al Jazeera English.

Greste, together with Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, received a special Royal Television Society award for their contributions to journalism on February 19, 2015. Greste accepted the prize for the three in London.

Greste has been a vocal supporter of press freedom and free speech. In appreciation of his contributions, he received the Australian Human Rights Medal in 2015.

Greste’s Books

Andrew’sbiographical narrative of his family’s efforts to liberate him from jail, Freeing Peter, was published by Penguin Books in 2016. On July 8, 2010, this entry was published.

Penguin Books released Greste’s first novel, The First Casualty, in 2017. It is said to provide a “first-hand account of how the war on journalists has extended from the battlefields of the Middle East to the governments of the West.” It was nominated for a Walkley Book Award in 2018.

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