2 Feb 2015

Al Jazeera journalist, Australian Peter Greste freed from Egytian jail

From Nine To Noon, 9:05 am on 2 February 2015

Australian journalist Peter Greste hass been released overnight. Greste, and his Al Jazeera colleagues, Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohammed were sentenced to 7 to 10 years in prison over their coverage of a violent crackdown on protesters following the military overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi. Mr Greste was released following presidential "approval.", under a new law passed last year allowing imprisoned foreigners to be deported to complete their sentence in their home countries. His colleagues remain in prison in Egypt. Peter Greste, had spent 400 days in prison, was put on a plane to Cyprus early this morning. New Zealand journalist Wayne Hay was an Al Jazeera correspondent in south East Asia when he was arrested by the Egyptian military while reporting in Cairo in August 2013. Mr Hay and three colleagues were detained for a week after they'd been filming a protest by supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood. Wayne Hay is now working in New Zealand (for 60 Minutes on Prime) and freelancing back to Al Jazeera.