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Peter Greste said he felt like a “rabbit in the spotlight” at his address to the National Press Club. His audience actually looked like they were caught in the headlights, but were so interested very impressed and mesmerized by the clarity, humour and honesty of the man who spent over 400 days in prison in Egypt with his two colleagues, the Canadian 5 BX exercise program and the discipline to cope as at home a maelstrom of energy was garnered to attack this unjust incarceration at every level.
To hear Greste tell it all- well almost all as some things are still to be resolved in what is an ongoing legal case - after the event is to respect this quiet man with the engaging smile even more for the ordeal that would be unimaginable for most. He is an award winning journalist and intrepid seeker of the truth using all mediums with assignments in the toughest theatres where truth, as they say, is the first casualty. And now his mum has asked that he not put the family through anything like that again. The cost to family is often the untold story.
But here at the National Press Club there were friends to catch up with, family and politicians to thank and questions from the ‘working press’ to answer. His family with mum and dad his two brothers and their wives were there and his heartfelt thanks to them acknowledgement of their sacrifice when together for Greste they became a tireless and formidable team as they all put aside the normality of their lives to achieve his release. They did; there will be a book and with his gift of Perpetual Membership of the National Press Club he will no doubt be back. This impressive address will undoubtedly join the chosen ones for the next edition of Stand and Deliver, Steve Lewis’ collection of the best.