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Jailed Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste wins major Australian Press Prize

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Jailed Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste wins major Australian Press Prize

Peter Greste, as well as his Al Jazeera colleagues Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, are currently serving time in an Egyptian jail on terrorism charges.

Greste and Fahmy were sentenced to seven years in prison earlier this year, while Mohamed is serving an additional three years for having a spent bullet in his possession, which he had picked up at a protest. 


Peter Greste’s brother Andrew accepted the award on his behalf, saying "stay strong brother, let's get you home for Christmas."


Tributes flooded Twitter following the announcement:





Australian ABC news journalist Hayden Cooper also won an award for his coverage of the Greste Egyptian court case.


On 29 December 2014 it will be one year since the Al Jazeera journalists were arrested by Egyptian authorities.

Photo credit: Greste with his Peabody award for "Somalia" in 2012: 


Angelique Lu


2014-12-04 17:26

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