Opinion

Anger over disgraceful treatment of Peter Greste

YOU know what? I am angry.

I am angry - bitter, twisted, dirty angry - at the disgraceful situation surrounding Peter Greste.

It's not just because he is Australian - but this is a matter of what's right.

And moreover, what is clearly very, very wrong.

What we are witnessing is the disintegration of a country once considered well ahead of its regional contemporaries; a country where the pillars of a fair and just society were largely upheld.

The arrest of Peter Greste was bad enough, but to then be delivered the news he was to be jailed for seven years was completely and utterly gob-smacking.

He was just doing his job!

He was in a country, exposed to and embedded in turmoil, violence and political upset.

A journalist's role is to take the facts and situation they are presented with, digest that, understand that and then translate that into terms which can, in turn, be understood by those seeking answers or information.

It's not our job to toe a government or partisan line.

It's not our job to filter or censor.

It's not our job to shy away when things get hard to get our heads around.

Our job is to seek out the truth and tell that - some would say whatever the cost; and we have certainly seen some pay an all-too-great a cost for telling the truth.

Peter Greste is not a criminal. If he is, then so too am I. So too every one of my colleagues in the eyes of the Egyptian judicial system (as well as sadly many more around the world).

This is an indictment on the basic moral values we consider should be a right.

I can only hope a pardon is granted (be it bought or otherwise). But our government must do something. Not just because he is an Aussie journo in a foreign jail.

But because as a mother, as someone who wants to explore the planet and as a concerned world citizen, I hope for a future of fairness, free speech and truth.

Maybe that's ideological.

But what's wrong with that?

Topics:  egypt journalism meredith papavasiliou opinion



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