Free at last!?

The release of Peter Greste this week has produced great jubilation.

Greste’s implication in a political struggle between Australia and Qatar, the nation from which Al Jazeera Arabic was broadcast, saw him placed in the wrong place, at the wrong time.

The anxiety and torments of Greste’s parents, Juris and Lois, captured in my interview with them in June last year, stands in stark contrast to their joy in the knowledge of their son’s release, visible below.

Sky News captures joy of Greste family after news of Peter Greste's release.

Sky News captures joy of Greste family after news of Peter Greste’s release.

In Egypt the complicated interplay of the State as both the protector of Egyptians from malicious forces, internal and external, as well as their oppressor, the cause of their humiliation and degradation in police prisons, continues.

Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste’s colleagues, are still in prison, as are a multitude of other civilian activists.

Shaimah El Sabbagh, poet and activist who was shot and killed by police two weeks ago, while paying her respects to commemorate the martyrs of the fourth anniversary of the revolution, represents the difficult relationship between the State and its people.

Watch out for my interview with Egyptian political scientist, Mariz Tadros, for a clearer breakdown of just where Egyptians, young people, Brotherhood supporters and Copts, stands with their Government, four years on from the revolution.


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