Arab Spring has turned into nightmare - Sanef

2014-06-23 19:13

Johannesburg - The SA National Editors' Forum (Sanef) expressed shock on Monday at the conviction and sentencing of three Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt.

"What started off as the dawn of the Arab Spring has turned into a nightmare where freedoms of Egyptian people are treated with disdain by the ruling military-aligned government," Sanef said in a statement.

"The sentencing of the journalists comes as African leaders gather in Equitorial Guinea for a summit of heads of state and governments."

Sanef, which is part of the African Editors' Forum (TAEF), called on the African Union Commission to ensure that the summit condemned the sentencing of the journalists.

It also wanted Egypt's participation in the AU to be suspended until it observed its principles and protocols.

"Sanef also calls on TAEF to embark on continent-wide protests against this heinous act by the Egyptian government."

The three Al Jazeera journalists, Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, were arrested in Cairo in December last year while covering the aftermath of the coup that deposed Mohamed Morsi.

They were sentenced on Monday to seven years in prison each on terrorism-related charges.

Baher Mohamed was sentenced to three extra years in prison on separate charges.

  • Tshivhenga Ndou - 2014-06-23 19:27

    I used not to like journalists. Until I realized that those who hate them always have something to hide. Like most African leaders.

  • gloy.riaan - 2014-06-23 19:29

    A revolution ,but I thought that's the answer to all country's problems.... Aren't we also asking for one

  • Craig Seaton - 2014-06-23 19:36

    Ironically they are speaking from Malabo Equatorial Guinea

  • Mileka Cyn - 2014-06-23 19:59

    This is crazy and madness

  • Malose-Nyatlo - 2014-06-23 20:32

    What is happening in Egypt is very regrettable indeed, but it could also be a loud message that democracy as seen and understood with a Western mindset might not work in other parts of the world. Iraq is another guinea pig where Western democracy has gone horribly wrong.

  • Gebuza Mathivha - 2014-06-23 20:48

    they arabs???should be peaceful,,,,,,,,why do they salams?

  • Mfumbayelangabi Silwane - 2014-06-24 10:16

    Sanef should blame their idol America for the destabilization of Egypt,hence the state of anarchy and lawlessness which can also be found in Libya,Syria,Iraq Afghanistan .Remember America has destabilized about 50 countries since 1945 ,all in the name of democracy which they don't even practice in their own land.

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