Book Review: The First Casualty: From The Front Lines of the Global War on Journalism

Part prison memoir, part account of his time reporting from some of the world’s most hostile places, Greste’s memoir The First Casualty details his foreign journalism experience to illustrate how journalism became the enemy after 9/11.

Greste writes how groups such as the Taliban refused to engage with journalists after the New York attacks, instead viewing them as “agents of Western liberal thought”, a precursor to ISIS kidnapping and beheading journalists while democracies such as the US created a ‘with us or against us’ culture with the media to disastrous results.

With trust in media at an all-time low, Greste’s memoir highlights the importance of a free, independent press not only at home but across the globe.

Author: Peter Greste
Publisher: Penguin

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