SA journalist Angela Quintal released along with Muthoki Mumo

Clay Curtis
November 8, 2018

CPJ has called on Tanzanian authorities to immediately release the two journalists who were seized Wednesday in Dar es Salaam and taken for interrogation to an unknown location.

"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 Wednesday.

The Tanzanian authorities have freed former Nation Media Group journalist Muthoki Mumo and former Mail & Guardian editor Angela Quintal who had been detained in unclear circumstances.

Soon after their detention, an uncharacteristic tweet was sent from Quintal's Twitter account - reading "God is great we are released going back to our hotel" - raising fears that someone had accessed her electronic devices.

The South African High Commissioner to Dar es Salaam will meet with the journalists on Thursday to establish whether their passports have been returned to them.

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

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While they are no longer in custody, Mabaya said Tanzanian authorities have their passports.

Mabaya said she was unable to locate it and her Twitter and Facebook profiles remain deactivated. "Taken Away from Southern Sun Hotel".

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

"We need to understand the circumstances".

Press freedom has come under attack in Tanzania under the administration of President John Magufuli. According to the Tanzania Editors Forum (TEF), at least five newspapers and two radio stations have been suspended for periods ranging from three to 36 months on pretexts including "false information", "sedition" and "threatening national security".

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