The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Tanzanian authorities to immediately release its staffers‚ Sub-Saharan Africa representative Muthoki Mumo and Africa Programme coordinator Angela Quintal.
The two staffers were detained in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday evening, but the South African government confirmed on Thursday morning that they both had be released and back in their hotel room.
SA journalist, Angela Quintal & colleague are back in their hotel. SA’s High Commissioner Mr Thami Mseleku is meeting with them to discuss last night’s events. He will then engage Tanzanian authorities. @DIRCO_ZA spokesperson, Mr Ndivhuwo Mabaya spoke to Ms Quintal this morning.
— DIRCO South Africa (@DIRCO_ZA) November 8, 2018
According to Quintal officials identifying themselves as working for Tanzania immigration authority detained them in their hotel room.
“Quintal and Mumo were then escorted from the hotel and have been taken to an unknown location‚” said the CPJ.
They were in the country on a reporting mission for CPJ.
Quintal is a well known and respected South African journalist and former editor of the Mail and Guardian newspaper‚ now working for the media freedom group based in America.
Joel Simon of CPJ executive director said at the time, “We are concerned for the safety of our colleagues Angela Quintal and Muthoki Mumo‚ who were detained while legally visiting Tanzania‚”
“We call on the authorities to immediately release them and return their passports.”
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