The Greste family received hundreds of letters from Peter’s friends, former colleagues, fellow journalists, politicians and concerned members of the public in Australia and beyond during Peter’s time in prison and following his release.
Prison post: Letters of support for Peter Greste
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With an introduction by Peter Greste.
The Huffington Post ran a package about the book as its page one splash on launch day in Australia and on the home page all over the world. Check out the video interviews with Peter and his family (produced by ContentGroup) plus extracts from the letters and Peter’s foreword to the book here.
You’ll find more media coverage of the book here.
Download the press release here.
Profits from this publication will at the suggestion of the Greste family assist the Foreign Prisoner Support Service.
The world was shocked when foreign correspondent Peter Greste was convicted in June 2014 of reporting false news and endangering Egypt’s national security.
The trickle of emails for Peter and his family that had begun with his arrest the previous December increased exponentially. The Grestes set up an email address for the letters, firstname.lastname@example.org, then printed out copies to take to Peter. In August, Peter responded at freepetergreste.org:
“Each time my family visits the prison, they bring a new sheaf of letters … each time I am staggered by the range and spirit of the notes you’ve written. Whoever you are, whatever has motivated you to take to the keyboard, I want to send a “huge” thank you … I want to tell each and every one of you who has taken the trouble to write or tweet or donate or back our cause in any way that the spirit of support is what keeps us going…
“Whenever I find my resolve wavering; whenever I feel weak or angry or frustrated; whenever I lose sight of the ‘why’, I only need to dip into the huge pile of letters for the answer. You’ve all given us and our families enormous strength; and for that I am hugely grateful.”
Editia will publish a selection of the letters, including, happily, a chapter containing messages sent to celebrate Peter’s release. The book will include a foreword by Peter Greste and feature on its cover a Khaled Desouki photograph taken during his trial courtesy of AFP. After production, marketing and distribution costs are covered, all profits raised in the book’s first year will go to the Foreign Prisoner Support Service.