Mural of Peter Greste adorns MEAA building as first year anniversary looms for jailed journalist

GresteA mural of Peter Greste has been etched on the wall of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) offices as the union continues its efforts to keep the jailed Al Jazeera journalist in the public spotlight.

The MEAA said it “jumped at the chance” of the mural after being approached with the idea by street artist Hego. December 29 marks the first anniversary of Greste’s imprisonment in Egypt.

“Our building is in a prominent location and the mural offered the chance to again highlight the plight of Peter and his Al Jazeera colleagues with the anniversary of their arrest and unjust detention only days away,” the MEAA said.

“The image is also a reminder that journalism can be a very dangerous profession. As Peter has pointed out, in the era of the “war on terror”, any journalist seeking and reporting the truth can become a target for both sides of the conflict.”

The union said Greste is constantly on the minds of all journalists.

“His plight and the consistent dignified campaigning by his family have captured broad public support. We look forward to the day Peter and his family can stand next to this mural,” the MEAA said. “May that be soon.”


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