Internet users have flocked microblogging site Twitter in huge numbers, lashing out at the verdict by an Egyptian court which pronounced three journalists from Al-Jazeera English as guilty of aiding blacklisted group Muslim Brotherhood and reporting false news.
The verdict, delivered by a judge in Cairo on Monday, found Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed who have been working for the Qatar-based news channel in Egypt, guilty of the charges.
Two of the three journalists were sentenced to seven years in jail, while the third was sentenced to 10 years.
Here are a few strong messages on Twitter against the verdict.
'Utter Shock, Disgrace'
— Moadow (@Moadow) June 23, 2014
Egypt. What have you done. #FreeAJStaff
— Wayne Hay (@wayne_hay) June 23, 2014
I have no words right now. Just appalled. #FreeAJStaff
— Nazanine Moshiri (@nazaninemoshiri) June 23, 2014
'Journalism is Not a Crime'
#FreeAJStaff because telling people what's really happening is not a crime. Because uncovering the truth shouldn't be punished.
— GEseO3. (@destroytoremake) June 23, 2014
Sentencing of Al Jazeera 3 is an assault on all journalists. Vital that Egypt understands it has made itself a pariah #FreeAJStaff
— Robert Peston (@Peston) June 23, 2014
— Tife Owolabi (@Tifeowolabi) June 23, 2014
#freeajstaff was extremely and immensely shocked by the verdict,dark day for the media indeed,this is outrageous
— Chinemo Elias (@EliasChinemo) June 23, 2014
Jailed for journalism: Unimaginable, yet real. #FreeAJStaff
— Abhishek Patil (@paidlukkha) June 23, 2014
— Yasmine El-Sabawi (@yasmineelsabawi) June 23, 2014
— Lizzie. (@lizziehannah_x) June 23, 2014