We're really disappointed with the result. We're not surprised in the sense that they shouldn't have been arrested. They shouldn't have been convicted, and they certainly shouldn't have been sentenced to seven years. There was absolutely no evidence against them. It was clear that the case was designed to deter them, prevent them from reporting on a massacre that they were reporting on.
So I'm not surprised, but it's incredibly upsetting and disappointing to them, to us, to their families, and it's a really bad commentary on where Myanmar's going in terms of press freedom. Our view is that a free press is absolutely essential to democracy and we see a lot of regimes around the world, not respecting the free press.
And this is just another thing that feeds into the notion that the press does not have to be able to operate freely. And we fundamentally believe that you can't have a free and open society unless you have a free press. These are two staff reporters doing nothing, but reporting a story of absolutely global, great global significance.
We publish the story of the massacre that they were working on and they wanted us to recognizing that ,that's why they are reporters. They're reporters to get this kind of stories and we continue to do it and nobody is gonna intimidate us or detour us from doing it.
And they don't want us to be intimidated from it. So I see them as standing up and being strong, and believing what they have done is right.