Tanzania frees CPJ staff Muthoki Mumo, Angela Quintal

Sergio Conner
November 8, 2018

"Angela Quintal and Muthoki Mumo traveled to Tanzania to understand the challenges facing the Tanzanian press and to inform the global public", Committee to Protect Journalists executive director Joel Simon said in a statement.

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

"South Africa's High Commissioner Mr Thami Mseleku is meeting with them to discuss last night's [Wednesday] events".

"We continue to engage with our Government of Tanzania counterparts on a wide range of issues, including those related to human rights", read a statement from the State Department adding that it remains committed to values od democracy, rule of law and freedom of expression among others. He told SAFM on Thursday morning that the South African High Commissioner had spoken to Quintal and her colleague who had been returned to their hotel rooms.

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

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

Officers who identified themselves as working with the Tanzanian immigration authority detained Quintal and Mumo in their hotel room‚ according to Quintal. We need to urgently find out the reasons behind this detention.

Mabaya said their release came "after a lot of calls" but neither of the women had been given back their passport. The officials searched the pair's belongings and would not return their passports when asked.

The two were on a reporting mission missing in the country. For now, Quintal and Mumo are well and will stay at their hotel, Mabaya said.

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