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Greste wants job back


FREED Australian journalist Peter Greste wants to return to work as a foreign correspond­ent and is confident his jailed colleagues will eventually be released.

After returning to Australia yesterday, Greste has no immediate plans, other than spending time with his family after 400 days in a Cairo jail, but ultimately he wants to return to reporting.

“I don’t want to give my job up. I’m a correspond­ent, it’s what I do,” he said.

The confession elicited a groan — and firm warning — from his mother, Lois: “We are not going through this again!”

The Al Jazeera reporter made a jubilant return to Brisbane after his deportatio­n from Egypt on Sunday and two days resting in Cyprus with his brother Michael. Meditation, a masters degree in internatio­nal relations and memories of a holiday to the Whitsunday­s kept his spirits up in jail.

Colleagues Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed remain in jail after being convicted of broadcasti­ng false news and aiding a terrorist organisati­on.

“Then (when the three were jailed), as now, we were confident of our position, of our innocence,” Greste said.

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