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Journalism is not a crime

18 February 2015

Journalist Peter Greste

Cardiff University will host a guest lecture by Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste for students and staff on Friday February 20th 2015.

Following his recent release from prison in Egypt Peter Greste is in the UK to deliver a series of talks about his arrest and 400 day detention. His visit is part of Al Jazeera's work in support of the other journalists still facing charges.

He will talk about the ongoing campaign for his colleagues Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy and the problems of reporting from the Middle East, typified by the increasing politicisation of journalism.

Director of the Centre for Journalism at Cardiff University Professor Richard Sambrook said, "Peter Greste's arrest, with others from Al Jazeera, threw into high relief the risks run by journalists reporting from volatile countries.

"It raised the question of the legitimacy of independent journalism, asking questions of political opponents as well as those in power."

The detention of Peter Greste and his Al-Jazeera colleagues spawned the campaign hashtags #freeAJStaff and #journalismisnotacrime, which were supported by Cardiff's 2013 and 2014 Journalism students.

Attendance is strictly by registration only. Students and staff can register using Eventbrite.