Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

SA journalist, colleague freed from detention in Tanzania

SA journalist, colleague freed from detention in Tanzania

Tanzanian authorities have freed two Committee to Protect Journalists staff, Ms Muthoki Mumo and Angela Quintal, who were detained in an unknown location.

The International Relations Department says they have since been released, but details of exactly what transpired are still unclear.

South Africa's high commissioner in Tanzania was due to meet with Tanzanian authorities on Thursday. "Dirco spokesperson, Mr Ndivhuwo Mabaya, spoke to Ms Quintal this morning", the SA Foreign ministry said in a tweet on Thursday", Dirco tweeted.

The Mail & Guardian said that according to Mabaya, there are a number of issues that the South African High Commissioner will want to be addressed by Tanzanian authorities.

Both Quintal and Mumo's social media accounts have since been deactivated.

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"The tweet by @angelaquintal was not sent by her", wrote Quintal's niece Genevieve Quintal, also a journalist.

The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) called on the government to find answers as to why Quintal and her Kenyan colleague were detained in Tanzania. We don't know why.

A message from Quintal's Twitter account revealed that the two had been taken for interrogations but their accounts have since been suspended. "We call on the authorities to immediately release them and return their passports".

"We believe that the detention of journalists is a direct and risky threat to media freedom and access to information". The officials searched the pair's belongings and would not return their passports when asked.

Two Committee to Protect Journalists staffers have been released from detention in Tanzania and have left the country, the organization announced Thursday.

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