Boffins Books is proud to be the official bookseller for an evening of insightful conversation with award winning journalist Peter Greste.
Joined by Victoria Laurie, Greste will speak to issues of media censorship, freedom of expression in times of war, human rights, the role of writing, and how people can participate as private citizens in safeguarding democracy.
Sydney born Peter Greste is an internationally recognised journalist concerned with questions of politics, media freedom and war. He has worked for Reuters, CNN and the BBC in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. For his work on media freedom and human rights, he has won awards from the Walkley Foundation, the RSL's ANZAC Peace Prize, and the Australian Human Rights Commission's Human Rights Medal. He is the author of The First Casualty by Penguin. PEN International helped work for Peter's release from an Egyptian prison where he was incarcerated in 2013 for reporting that was 'damaging to national security'. In 2018, he commenced his position as UNESCO Chair in Journalism and Communications at the University of Queensland.
Victoria Laurie is an author and senior reporter with The Australian newspaper in the Perth bureau.
This event is brought to you by PEN Perth, The Media, Entertainment And Arts Alliance, and the State Library Of Western Australia. Books - including The First Casualty by Peter Greste and Freeing Peter by ANdrew Greste - will be available for sale on the night at the Boffins Books pop-up shop.
PEN Perth is a local chapter of PEN International, a non-profit network that seeks to protect the rights of writers and works to safeguard freedom of expression.