Press release for Prison post: Letters of support for Peter Greste


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PrisonPostPrintCoverFront While foreign correspondent Peter Greste is free in Australia following his deportation from Egypt in February, he was convicted on terrorism charges in absentia on August 29, 2015. The campaign to clear his name and those of imprisoned Al Jazeera colleagues Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy continues.

After the three were found guilty of reporting false news and endangering Egypt’s national security at the end of the first trial in June 2014, the Greste family set up an email account for messages of support they could print out to take to Peter in prison. The trickle of emails that had begun with his arrest the previous December increased exponentially. Peter was staggered by the range and spirit of the notes.

“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,” he said. “You’ve all given us and our families enormous strength; and for that I am hugely grateful.”

Now, readers will be moved by the emails just as Peter was. They can learn more about the award-winning journalist through the writings of friends and colleagues, and revisit the 400 days he spent in prison through the eyes of supporters. There are letters from names we recognise, like Wendy Harmer, Kaz Cooke, Tracey Spicer and Julie Bishop, and from ordinary women, men and children who hoped that stories from their everyday lives might make Peter’s time in prison more bearable.

  • Profits from this book will assist the Foreign Prisoner Support Service.
  • Peter will appear alongside letter writers Wendy Harmer, Paige Garland and Pippa Pryor at the launch at Berkelouw’s Paddington in Sydney on Friday, September 4, 2015 at 6.30pm. Please visit berkelouw.com.au for bookings.
  • Juris, Lois, Andrew, Kylie, Mike and Nikki Greste discuss Prison post in one of two book trailers promoting the book. Peter features in the other. Both will be available via Editia.com from Friday, September 4, 2015.

Publication date: September 4, 2015

Price: $9.99 (ebook) and $24.99 (print)

Extent: 260 pages

ISBN: 978-1-942189-02-2

Media inquiries: publicity@editia.com or 0412 246 076

Collected letters to boost Greste campaign


GresteCoverSmallHow often do you find yourself watching the news and wishing you could do something to make a difference? We felt it when we saw Peter Greste in that cage in Egypt. We felt it when we saw his parents campaigning for his freedom. We decided to do something about it. Now you can help too, by pre-ordering Free Peter Greste here today, on his birthday. If you would like to write to Peter and offer your letter for possible inclusion in the book, please send your email to freepetergreste@gmail.com by midnight on December 15.

Happy birthday, Peter. We’re thinking of you and we want to see you home.

NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER

FREE PETER GRESTE: Letters and emails of support

Including a foreword by Geoffrey Robertson

All profits from this January publication from digital first press Editia will assist the Greste family campaign to clear Peter’s name

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, freepetergreste@gmail.com, 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 loose 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 (to be considered, letters must reach freepetergreste@gmail.com by midnight on December 15). The book will include a foreword by international human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson and feature on its cover a Khaled Desouki photograph of Peter in a cage during his trial courtesy of AFP. After production and distribution costs are covered, all proceeds will go to the campaign to free Peter.

Price: $5.99 (ebook) and $24.99 (print)
Pre-orders: Editia.com
Media inquiries: publicity@editia.com

Behind the scenes at Al Jazeera English


18 daysIf you’re one of those media junkies who likes to be first with the news, you need to know that Scott Bridges’ 18 days: Al Jazeera English and the Egyptian Revolution is now available for pre-order from this very website. The official digital publication date is this Saturday, but the first pre-orders “shipped” this afternoon.

You’ll be keen to read it to get to know University of Canberra journalism lecturer and ex-Al Jazeera English director Bridges. He’s a media commentator and non-fiction author to watch. Here at Editia, we feel privileged to be publishing his first book.

If you haven’t already heard about 18 days, here’s the blurb:

“On February 11, 2011, President Hosni Mubarak’s three-decade rule of Egypt came to an end after 18 days of massive and unprecedented street protests. In the course of those few days, a 24-hour news channel unlike any other, Al Jazeera English, emerged in a crowded global news market as the source for reporting on the Egyptian Revolution. 18 Days examines the Doha-based channel’s coming of age and discovers how a network known to many in the West as “Terror TV” was transformed almost overnight into a trusted and indispensable source of news.”

Sound like it has the makings of a cracker yarn? That’s because it is. Bridges has woven a fast-paced narrative around some of the most significant events of the Arab Spring.

We gain behind-the-scenes insights into the operations of a dedicated television news network both at HQ and on the ground. Forget CNN and BBC World: Al Jazeera is where it’s at, as the recent launch of Al Jazeera America attests.

Anyone who is considering a career in television news or as a foreign correspondent, or who has even a passing interest in the convergence between television and online, needs to read 18 days.

Personally, I’ve been living vicariously through the Al Jazeera English correspondents these past few weeks as they experienced the Egyptian Revolution in the pages of the book. I won’t say I wish I was there, but I am glad that they were, because it’s a story that needed to be told.

I’m looking forward to following future developments on Scott’s blog, too, as Al Jazeera extends its market into the US and beyond.

This is what I’d hoped it’d be all about here at Editia: longform journalism at its best.