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Sanef calls for release of Al Jazeera journos

The three journalists from the Doha-based broadcaster were last month jailed for 10 years.

Al Jazeera staff (L-R) Baher Mohamed, Peter Greste and Mohamed Fahmy were sentenced to seven years in an Egyptian Court on 23 June 2014.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) on Wednesday appealed to the Egyptian government to review the prison sentences of three Al Jazeera journalists.

The trio were convicted last month for allegedly aiding the Muslim Brotherhood, spreading false news and endangering national security.

The men deny all the charges as does the Doha-based broadcaster.

Sanef chairperson Mpumelelo Mkhabela said, "It doesn't make sense that journalists reporting on a complex situation are put in prison. It shows that the prosecution infringed on journalists' rights to access information."

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi last week said he wished the journalists had been deported and not put on trial.

His comments sparked hope for the family of Australian reporter Peter Greste, and colleagues Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed.

The three men were last month jailed for 10 years.