Detained SA journalists "returned to hotel"

Blanche Robertson
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.

Two press freedom advocates taken away from their hotel in Tanzania by security officers have been released, a South African government official said on Thursday.

South Africa's High Commissioner Thami Mseleku is meeting with the pair to discuss the details of their arrest.

Other freedoms are also under pressure, with a powerful Dar-es-Salaam official last week announcing an anti-gay witch-hunt to track down people suspected of engaging in homosexuality, which is illegal in Tanzania under British colonial-era laws. "DIRCO spokesperson, Mr Ndivhuwo Mabaya, spoke to Ms Quintal this morning", the SA Foreign ministry tweeted on Thursday.

According to Mabaya, there are a number of issues that the South African High Commissioner will be bringing to the Tanzanian authorities.

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Former Mail & Guardian editor Angela Quintal is safe and is back at her hotel after being detained by Tanzanian authorities on Wednesday night, the Department of International Relations has confirmed.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), through its Twitter account, called on the Tanzanian authorities to immediately release the two members of the committee and return their passports.

"Further, the journalists' passports and phones need to be immediately returned".

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.

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