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Jazeera journalist Greste says to fly home shortly

February 3, 2015

Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste said Tuesday he was due to leave Cyprus shortly and fly home to Australia following his release from an Egyptian jail.

In his first posts on his official Twitter account after more than 400 days in jail, Greste thanked his supporters and said he would soon be heading to see his family in his native Australia.

“Brother Mike and I due to head home to Australia shortly. Can’t wait for the family reunion,” he wrote.

The award-winning correspondent was freed and deported on Sunday and immediately flew with his brother to Cyprus.

Greste was arrested for allegedly aiding the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood, along with Al-Jazeera colleagues Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed of Egypt.

His colleagues remained behind in an Egyptian prison, though Fahmy’s family said Tuesday he had renounced his Egyptian citizenship in a bid to pave the way for his release.

“Special thanks to all who’ve supported us over the past year. MUST NOT FORGET THOSE STILL IN PRISON,” Greste wrote in another tweet.

The 49-year-old also posted a picture of himself standing with his feet in the sea, his arms raised in victory signs, writing: “Free in Cyprus! Feels sweet. Peter back online for first time in 400+ days.”

Dispatches from AFP concerning freedom of information, censorship and news coverage in regions where independent media is under threat.