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Tanzania releases journalists Muthoki Mumo, Angela Quintal

08 November 2018, 09:43 | Glen Norman

Detained SA journalists "returned to hotel"

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Mumo is CPJ's Sub-Saharan Representative while Quintal is the African Program Coordinator at the organisation and previously was the Editor of Mail & Guardian. For now, Quintal and Mumo are well and will stay at their hotel, Mabaya said. Quintal and Mumo's passports were confiscated and were yet to be returned.

The Twitter accounts of two staff of Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) who were detained by Tanzanian authorities have been suspended, leading to confusion whether the former Nation reporter Muthoki Mumo and former Mail & Guardian editor Angela Quintal have been released. South Africa's High Cmmissioner to Tanzania Mr Thami Mseleku is set to meet them and discuss about the events and then engage with the country's authorities.

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

They were detained by Tanzanian authorities on Wednesday night for reasons that remain unclear.

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Their communication devices were also taken away and used to relay falsified information. "We call on the government of Tanzania to allow journalists to work freely and to allow those who defend their rights to access the country without interference".

CPJ's executive director Joel Simon has called for their immediate release.

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Tanzanian Authorities took their passports upon arrest, and are yet to return them. As the International Press Institute reported in August: "Press freedom in Tanzania has drifted into an unprecedented crisis under Magufuli's regime. One paper made a decision to suspend publication itself after publishing a story it feared might irritate officials.There have also been more violent incidences of harassment".



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