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Angela Quintal: SA journalist released after dubious detention in Tanzania

Angela Quintal: SA journalist released after dubious detention in Tanzania”

The two staffers were detained in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday evening.

Quintal is Africa programme co-ordinator at the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), and Muthoki Mumo is CPJ's sub-Saharan Africa representative.

Quintal, a former Mail & Guardian editor, and Mumo were detained on Wednesday night by officers reportedly working with the Tanzanian immigration authority.

Muthoki Mumo and colleague Angela Quintal who were arrested yesterday in Tanzania have benn released and are now at the South African embassy in Tanzania.

Quintal tweeted before 1am on Tuesday morning that she and her colleague had been released.

Dirco confirm safety of journalists in TanzaniaAngela Quintal: What happened?

Tanzanian Authorities took their passports upon arrest, and are yet to return them. The officials searched the pair's belongings and would not return their passports when asked.

Quintal and Mumo were then escorted from the hotel and have been taken to an unknown location. "This shows someone is using her account".

Reporters Without Borders, a pressure group, ranked Tanzania 93rd out of 180 countries worldwide in its 2018 World Press Freedom Index, down 10 places from the previous year.

The Twitter accounts of two have been suspended, leading to confusion whether Ms Mumo and the former Mail & Guardian editor Quintal have been released.

"We continue to engage with our Government of Tanzania counterparts on a wide range of issues, including those related to human rights", the State Department said in a statement. "The United States remains committed to the values of democracy, rule of law, freedom of expression, and prosperity in Tanzania".



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