Austin Mackell

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Author biography
Austin is a freelance journalist who began reporting professionally during the 2006 Israeli invasion of Lebanon, where he was studying on exchange. Since then he's reported from all around the Middle East and Australia including during the turbulent 2009 presidential elections in Iran, the remote Northern Territory, and for two turbulent years from Egypt following the 2011 uprising, during which time his close attention to the labour movement, the abuses of the army and police forces and dissenters from within their ranks earned him the ire of Egypt's traditional authorities, who brought bogus charges against him and his colleagues, which were only dropped after pressure from friends, family, the MEAA and the Wikileaks community forced the foreign minister to take action. He now lives in Quito Ecuador with his wife Aliya and their cat, Assad (which means lion in Arabic).