Following the arrests of journalists working for Al-Jazeera in Cairo, writer Hugh Miles looks at why the broadcaster has become a target for the Egyptian authorities.
Since the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi in July this year, the climate for journalists working in Egypt has become much tougher.
As the security situation has deteriorated, anyone questioning the official line on current events has come to be regarded, at best, as highly suspicious.
Although they have not quite put it in these terms, the current Egyptian government’s approach to the media appears to be that you are either with us or against us. And against us means being with the Muslim Brotherhood – which last week was declared a terrorist organisation in Egypt.
Thorn in the side
The battle over the media is a key factor in the struggle for power in Egypt and almost every Arabic language channel viewed as sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood has long since been shut down.
Most were taken off air within hours of the ousting of Mr Morsi.
Only Al-Jazeera has continued to deliver the Muslim Brotherhood point of view in Arabic.