SA journalist, colleague freed from detention in Tanzania

Lamar Ellis
November 8, 2018

Quintal works as CPJ's Africa program coordinator while Mumo is CPJ's sub-Saharan Africa representative.

This is according to department of worldwide relations and cooperation spokesperson (Dirco) Ndivhuwo Mabaya.

"He will then proceed to engage the Tanzania authority".

Former Mail & Guardian editor Angela Quintal and her Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) colleague Muthoki Mumo were released by Tanzanian authorities around 3am on Thursday morning, and their travel documents has been returned to them.

CPJ believes that their colleagues' electronics might have been compromised since a tweet was sent from Quintal's account stating that they had been released but no one has contacted them directly from the organisation.

The editors' forum further said: "We also welcome the fact that the South African High Commissioner in Tanzania will be meeting with Tanzanian authorities this morning to assess the situation".

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"We believe that the detention of journalists is a direct and risky threat to media freedom and access to information. We believe the arbitrary detention of journalists is a direct and risky threat to media freedom and access to information".

The officials - reportedly from Tanzania Immigration authority are said to have searched the pair's belongings and would not return their passports when asked.

The Tanzanian government spokesman however said that they were arrested because they wanted to establish how the two entered the country.

Angela Quintal and Muthoki Mumo were permitted to return to their hotel in Dar es Salaam after being taken to an unknown location and subjected to "several hours of questioning", according to a news release.

On Thursday, CPJ's executive director Joel Simon said the journalists' mobile phones may have been compromised.

Mabaya said their release came "after a lot of calls" but neither of the women had been given back their passport.

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