Notre Dame hosts top international journalist

06 May 2019

One of Australia’s most well-known and influential journalists, Peter Greste, headlines Notre Dame’s popular Heritage Festival program with a fascinating overview of the rise of fake news in the international media landscape.

In a keynote address on the Universities Campus on 17 May, Greste will explore the complex issues of truth and lies in the media in the past and the present and how they will play out in the future.

Titled ‘Fake news and false history: the use and abuse of truth and lies’ Greste will examine questions such as: Is there still a role for journalism in modern democracies, given the rising tide of ‘fake news’?  And, how will the mistruths reported today shape our histories of tomorrow?

Currently the UNESCO Chair in journalism at the University of Queensland, Greste is a significant advocate for freedom of the press.

His career has taken him all over the world where he has reported on major crises and conflicts -- in the Balkans, the Middle East and Africa -- working for key international news networks such as Reuters, the BBC and CNN.

In 2013, while reporting on the Arab Spring for the Dubai-based Al Jazeera network, Greste was held as a political prisoner in Egypt – for 440 days.  His conviction and imprisonment, with two other Al Jazeera journalists, led to widespread international condemnation.

Notre Dame’s Heritage program, held in partnership with the City of Fremantle, also features free public talks and walking tours on 10, 12 and 19 May.

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Photo: Peter Greste

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