Human rights charity Amnesty International has issued a strongly worded condemnation after three Al-Jazeera journalists were each sentenced to seven years in jail by an Egyptian court.
“This is a devastating verdict for the men and their families, and a dark day for media freedom in Egypt, when journalists are being locked up and branded criminals or ‘terrorists’ simply for doing their job,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty's Director of the Middle East and North Africa.
“The only reason these three men are in jail is because the Egyptian authorities don’t like what they have to say. They are prisoners of conscience and must be immediately and unconditionally released", he added
David Cameron and William Hague have both expressed their unhappiness at the verdict, with Downing Street saying the Prime Minister is "completely appalled" by the decision.