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Press Freedom in Australia and Why it is in Crisis

Press Freedom in Australia and Why it is in Crisis
Lecture with Peter Greste Kenneth Myer Lecture

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Peter Greste
15 August 2019, 6pm-8pm
Foyer, Theatre, Ground floor


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***This event is now booked out.  If you would like to be added to our cancellation list, please email events@nla.gov.au with your name, phone number and the number of tickets you would like.***

In this year’s Kenneth Myer lecture, Professor Peter Greste draws on his own experience of imprisonment in Egypt to examine the global political forces that have undermined press freedom, both abroad and here in Australia.

Peter considers how the laws that created the problem were established, the media’s role in this and suggests ways we may be able to fix it.

About Peter Greste:

Professor Peter Greste is UNESCO Chair in Journalism and Communication at the University of Queensland. Peter is best known for being charged with terrorism offences in Cairo while working as a foreign correspondent for Al Jazeera. Their case became a fight for press freedom and since his release in 2015, he has become an advocate for journalists worldwide. His campaigning has earned him numerous human rights awards and in 2017, he and two colleagues established the advocacy group, the Alliance for Journalists’ Freedom.

*Book signing and refreshments will follow the lecture. 

Generously supported by The Myer Foundation