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  • "I think Egypt now has an opportunity to show justice doesn't depend on your nationality." (AAP)Source: AAP
After spending 400 days in prison in Egypt, Australian journalist Peter Greste is now using his time in the spotlight to promote the idea of a universal charter of media freedom.
Edgars Greste / SBS Radio Latvian

22 Apr 2015 - 9:35 PM  UPDATED 23 Apr 2015 - 5:10 PM

In conversation with SBS Latvian contributor, his cousin Edgars Greste, Peter shared his experience in Egypt and afterwards, and how going through a story like this has changed both his personal and his work life.

In June 2014, Peter Greste together with his Al Jazeera colleagues, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, were arrested and sentenced in Egypt to10 years in prison on charges of broadcasting false news, as well as supporting the Muslim Brotherhood.

In February 2015 Greste was released,  but his colleagues are still in Egypt, and Amnesty International is leading a petition requesting their full liberation.

This year Peter Greste will give a talk and participate in the events of UNESCO World Press Freedom Day, which will take place from 2-4 May in the capital of Latvia, Riga.

He was personally invited by Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics; Peter’s Latvian heritage and citizenship helped garner Latvian and EU support during the campaign for his release.

Peter explained to SBS Radio Latvian there isn't a document that could be a moral authority to guide responsibilities and boundaries both for journalists and governments and that's one of the causes he is advocating for.

He thinks a document of this kind would put pressure on organisations' behaviour towards journalists.

To know more, visit SBS Radio Latvian HERE.