These mothers in Brisbane and Tokyo could never have imagined when their sons set out on their journalistic careers that one day they would become the story.
Peter Greste and Kenji Goto had travelled thousands of miles to the Middle East to tell the stories of people trying to live their daily lives in what has become a perpetual warzone.
Their case led to the international "Journalism is not a crime" campaign and their trial (overseen by a judge in RayBans) was denounced in the West as a travesty. They did, however, succeed in getting their convictions overturned in January and were to face a retrial. In his release yesterday Greste almost certainly benefited from being Australian; Fahmy's Canadian citizenship may also bring about his release and deportation.
But that would still leave Mohamed and at least nine other journalists in jail in Egypt for the crime of trying to do their jobs. Two have been in detention for more than a year without being charged.
When Yukawa was captured by Isis, Goto set out to help him, crossing into Syria in late October. In a video announcing his intention to venture into the Isis stronghold of Raqqa he acknowledged the risks involved and said that "if anything happened" the responsibility was all his and people should not speak ill of the Syrian people.
This weekend Goto became the third journalist to be killed by a black-clad masked jihadist with a British accent. Isis is known to be holding at least eight more journalists, most of whom were kidnapped more than seven months ago.
On the first occasion he was rescued after a week. Three men, including an NHS doctor, were charged with kidnapping Cantlie and the Dutch photojournalist Jeroen Oerlemans, but the case collapsed just before it went to trial at Kingston Crown Court because the two journalists could not give evidence, and the judge issued not guilty verdicts against the three accused.
In Britain, where we pride ourselves on our democracy and freedom of expression, 64 journalists have been arrested in police operations arising from the 2011 hacking scandal. Some were undoubtedly guilty, others are in court or awaiting trial, but the vast majority were cleared either by a jury or without ever being charged, sometimes after years in limbo on police bail.
In the post phone-hacking era it has become fashionable for people to regard journalists as scum. Most of us are not as courageous as Goto, Greste and Cantlie. Writing showbiz for a redtop is not as dangerous or noble as reporting from a warzone, but most of us started in the same place: with a desire to find things out and bring information to people.
We are all human; most of us have - or had - our mothers' love, and we want to make them proud of us in return.
Ours is an honourable, exhilarating and even glamorous calling. We don't expect it to kill us or put us in jail, we don't expect it to cause our families months or years of anguish. This weekend we have seen how it can - and does.
That is why we celebrate with Lois Greste and weep with Junko Ishido today.