Jailed Australian journalist Peter Greste the focus of “30 Days of Press Freedom” campaign launch

The plight of detained Australian journalist Peter Greste is highlighted in the 30 Days of Press Freedom campaign launched today in the countdown to UNESCO World Press Freedom Day on May 3.

The joint campaign by the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA), The Walkley Foundation for Journalism and the International Federation of Journalists Asia-Pacific, calls media colleagues, friends and supporters to help raise awareness of press freedom issues in the Asia-Pacific region.

Greste, an Al Jazeera English journalist, is currently on trial in Cairo for his journalism. As the 100th day of his imprisonment approaches (Tuesday April 8), the 30 Days of Press Freedom campaign will share intimate stories and photos from his life and work.

Click here to read a new feature story including personal reflections from Peter’s family and colleagues and the latest information on Peter’s case.

Click here for a selection of new family photos from Peter’s childhood, his time as a foreign correspondent, his trial and from the worldwide protests over the trial of the Al Jazeera journalists. These photos, along with the story are freely available for use and distribution.

Peter’s case is one of many personal stories that will be highlighted throughout the 30 Days of Press Freedom Campaign, which culminates on Friday May at 2 the 2014 Press Freedom Australia Media Dinner in Sydney at Doltone House.

Funds raised at the dinner and through the annual press freedom raffle support journalist colleagues at risk in the Asia Pacific and their families in the event of their deaths.

At the dinner, award-winning investigative journalists Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker will speak about their work and the challenges to press freedom in Australia. The annual report into the state of press freedom in Australia will be also released.

Follow the 30 Days of Press Freedom campaign on Facebook and on Twitter via the #30DaysofPressFreedom hashtag.

For more information and to purchase tickets to the dinner click here. To buy tickets in the raffle and read more about where funds are allocated, click here.

For interviews with the Greste family: Heidi Ross on 07 5544 8070 or Heidi@nightfallcamp.com.au

For all other enquiries: Mike Dobbie (MEAA) mike.dobbie@alliance.org.au or Flip Prior (The Walkley Foundation) flip.prior@walkleys.com or 0409 912 955.