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 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.
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- Follow IFJ Asia Pacific on Twitter: @ifjasiapacific and Facebook.
- Follow MEAA on Twitter: @mediaalliance and Facebook.
For interviews with the Greste family: Heidi Ross on 07 5544 8070 or Heidi@nightfallcamp.com.au