In July 2008, Peter Lloyd, one of ABC-TV's best-known foreign correspondents was arrested on the streets of Singapore on drug charges.
In the years before this, he had brought us news, both good and bad, from across the world. He had stood among the gruesome human wreckage laid out in an improvised outdoor mortuary after the Bali Bombing; joined Thailand's disaster recovery workers collecting the bloated flotsam of the Boxing Day Tsunami. And he was there for the worst atrocity in Pakistan's history, a shocking suicide bombing attempt on Benazir Bhutto's life, two months before she was finally assassinated.
Being an eyewitness to history extracts a very high price and these horrific events became the stuff of recurring nightmares, and a private agony. After his arrest, Peter was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder. As prisoner number 12988 in the Singapore penal system he suffered the small and large humiliations of prison life. And to survive in gaol, he entered it with the mindset of a seasoned journalist on assignment. He tells his Inside Story with compelling candour, great warmth and a very sharp wit.
First published in 2010 this edition 2011