Grestes set for Brisbane launch for ‘Prison post’, Sydney videos live


Peter Greste Here at Editia we are so pleased that Peter Greste is finally “home” in Nairobi, Kenya, able to sleep in his own bed for the first time since late 2013. He left his apartment there to spend two weeks filling in for a colleague in Cairo and wound up in a prison cell for 400 days.

That said, we’re also looking forward to seeing him back in Australia for a few days in early December. Peter will speak at the Brisbane launch of Prison post: Letters of support for Peter Greste, alongside other members of the Greste family, at Avid Reader, 193 Boundary St, West End, Brisbane from 6pm-8pm on Tuesday, December 8. He’ll sign copies of the book too, making this the perfect opportunity to get all your Christmas shopping done at once.

We’ve now published the videos of the Sydney launch for the book featuring moving footage of Peter discussing the impact the letters had on his state of mind while in prison plus letter writer Wendy Harmer’s utterly gorgeous speech about why she got involved in the campaign. There are heart-rending words from two other letter writers, Brisbane activist Paige Garland and Sydney schoolgirl Pippa Pryor, and some great questions from the crowd who filled the space at Berkelouw’s in Paddington a few weeks back.

Check them all out on our YouTube channel here, or select individually:

We’ve also uploaded the two trailers for the book. They originally appeared on The Huffington Post site and were produced by ContentGroup.

  • The Greste family discuss the letters of support they received and the impact the campaign had on Peter.

Please share these videos and the link for the Brisbane launch widely, and remember to use the hashtags #freeajstaff and #journalismisnotacrime. Until he receives a pardon, Peter remains a convicted criminal in the eyes of Egyptian law. The campaign continues.

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


Click here for a PDF version

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