'ISIS must face charges at ICC'

Sanef is urging people to sign a petition against ISIS militants after another journalist was beheaded.

US journalist Steven Sotloff was beheaded by ISIS forces in Syria. The video surfaced on 2 September 2014. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) has called on government and other organisations to support a petition by the World Press Freedom Committee (WPFC) against ISIS militants, following the beheading of two American journalists.

On Tuesday, ISIS released a video showing the killing of freelance reporter Steven Sotloff two weeks after releasing footage of the beheading of another United States (US) journalist, James Foley.

Sanef's Adriaan Basson says the group must face charges in the International Criminal Court (ICC).

"Sanef is requesting organisations join the petition by the WPFC, to write to the ICC and will also appeal to the South African government to support this proposal."

At the same time, US Secretary of State John Kerry says his country will hunt down ISIS militants who murdered Sotloff and Foley 'no matter how long it takes'.

Speaking in Washington, Kerry condemned the killing of reporter Sotloff by - what he called - 'masked cowards'.

"It's a punch to the gut and the Unites States government, I want you to know, has used every single military, diplomatic and intelligence tool that we have and we always will."

Both men disappeared while reporting from Syria.