Journalism matters: You can’t have a free society without freedom of the press

People have asked me why Iíve been campaigning for eight months for the freedom of Peter Greste and the first answer is the obvious one: he's a friend, and not only that, a friend whose work and character I greatly respect.

But thinking a little more deeply, Iíve realised that Peter's case also touched a deep chord in me. In 1994, I was the ABC's Europe correspondent.

Africa wasn't part of my beat, but I was sent to cover the refugee crisis after the Rwandan massacres because I was, as they say, the nearest warm body. And that's what you do in journalism, particularly as a foreign correspondent: when the call comes, you answer. Continue>>>