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Lisa Main

Lisa Main is an Australian journalist living in the Middle East. Previously she’s worked in Sydney for ABC and SBS, and in the United States for Al Jazeera English and Reuters. Until last year she was the Supervising Producer of ABC Fact Check. In 2012 her reports from West Papua for the ABC’s 7.30 won two gold medals at the New York Festival. Lisa has a masters degree in international relations from Sydney University.

Articles by Lisa Main (8)

  • Peter Greste is free, Egypt is not

    Peter Greste is free. And it's an enormous relief to write those words. I honestly wasn't sure this moment would arrive, especially after sitting though numerous hearings inside Egypt's Tora prison. The prosecution was incompetent, offering farcical evidence including snaps from Peter's family holidays, footage of trotting horses, and camera gear (which one would expect a television crew to have).
  • Egypt's opposition: Three scenes from Cairo

     Below are photos taken by journalist Lisa Main in Cairo over recent days of the opposition to presumptive new president Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi. We published Lisa's post on the Egyptian elections earlier today.   Ahmed Harara, a former dentist who was blinded by gunfire in the 2011 uprising. His prosthetic eye has 'freedom' in Arabic inscribed on it.    Moheb Doss, one of the founders of the Tamarod movement that organised protests against the Muslim Brotherhood government in  mid-2013 . 
  • Egyptian election: What remains of the revolution

    Sisi campaign poster in Talaab Harb Square, Cairo. Sisi poses as teacher, engineer, doctor and judge. (Photo by the author.) He's the hands-down favorite to become Egypt's next president. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the former army general, has already claimed 94.5% of votes cast from Egyptians abroad; similar numbers are expected across Egypt in the coming days.
  • The mood in Jenin as Israeli-Palestinian peace talks set to fail

    Barring a miraculous turnaround, the latest round of US-sponsored Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, scheduled to end on 29 April, look set to fail. Few thought they had much chance of succeeding in the first place. Their collapse will add another suffocating layer of cynicism and further erode what little trust remained between the two sides.
  • Egypt: What kind of president will Sisi be?

    Few outside Egypt knew much of Field Marshal Abdel Fattah el-Sisi until nine months ago when, amid a mass revolt, he intervened to remove President Mohamed Morsi. Since then, Egyptians have suffered through a violent crackdown worse than the military-led revolution that brought Gamal Abdel Nasser to power in 1952. Ironically, it was President Morsi who had appointed Sisi only months earlier.
  • What's next for Peter Greste?

    The gates to Tora prison and court in Cairo. (Photo by the author.) Having sat through the previous hearing of Australian journalist Peter Greste's trial in Cairo, I quickly came to the conclusion that the trial is purely political.
  • Israel-Palestine: The spoiler clause

    There is a fresh demand in the decades-long Israel Palestinian peace talks and it threatens to bring them down. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants a future Palestinian state to formally recognise Israel as a 'Jewish state'. Problem is, Netanyahu has offered little detail about what that actually means.
  • Israel-Palestine: Bibi Netanyahu stuck between politics and peace

    John Kerry's relentless pursuit of an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement may not deliver the goods but it will answer a key question. Is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu truly committed to a two-state solution? The answer to that question will dramatically reshape the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and how the world sees it. Netanyahu is on the record supporting a two-state solution but many assume he prefers the status quo.