Sanef asks Zuma to intervene as 3 journalists sentenced to death in Egypt

Sanef says it supports the ideals of free press enshrined in the country’s Constitution.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Editor's Forum (Sanef) has appealed to President Jacob Zuma to make an urgent representation to the Egyptian government to revoke death sentences imposed on three journalists.

Sanef has also called on Zuma to intervene in the trial of the three Egyptian media workers charged with espionage.

It says it supports the ideals of free press enshrined in the country's Constitution and in the African Union Charter on human and people's rights.

Sanef's Raymond Louw said, "This is an obvious attempt by the Egyptian government to censor, in the most violent manner, journalists from writing what is going on."