There is much consternation and outrage about the three Al Jazeera journalists who last night were convicted and sentenced for aiding the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
I gather they were, from our point of view, simply doing their job and reporting on the actions of the Brotherhood, but I don't know any detail of the tone or content of that reporting, despite following the story over the last six months.
Our government seem to have done everything reasonably possible to this point to help Mr Greste.
Should journalists and their employers, working in these culturally sensitive areas, eg the absolute hatred between warring sides, have some expectation that even if what they write seems objective and fair to us, it's going to land them in a world of trouble with the authorities?
I'm sorry this has happened, and have greatly admired the stoicism and dignity with which the Greste family has behaved through what must be an incredibly difficult time for them, but am just somewhat surprised at how shocked everyone is at their conviction and sentence.
Any thoughts on this?