Freed Journalist Thanks Supporters in Kenya

NAIROBI— Australian journalist Peter Greste returned this week to Nairobi, the Kenyan city he called home before he and two of his colleagues were arrested in Egypt in 2013.

Before a crowd consisting primarily of friends and colleagues from the Foreign Correspondents’ Association of East Africa, journalist Peter Greste gave a news conference in Nairobi Friday, thanking them for their support during his period of 400 days in an Egyptian prison.

“We saw people pull together in a way that made it impossible, I think, for the Egyptian authorities to hold onto the idea that we were genuinely working as terrorists,” Greste said.
 
A reporter for Al Jazeera English, Greste was living in Nairobi when he traveled to Cairo in December 2013 on a short-term reporting assignment. Egyptian authorities arrested him and colleagues Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, accusing them of supporting the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and for reporting about news deemed “damaging to national security.” READ MORE OF THIS STORY ON VOA NEWS WEBPAGE

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