Friday, 16 November, 2018

Former Nation journalist Muthoki Mumo, Angela Quintal detained in Tanzania

Tanzanian immigration authorities detained CPJ Sub Saharan Africa Representative Muthoki Mumo left and Africa Program Coordinator Angela Quintal in Dar es Salaam on November 7 CPJ calls on Tanzania authorities to release staff Angela Quintal and Muthoki Mumo
Jeannette Daniel | 08 November, 2018, 21:45

The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) said it was disturbed to learn of the brief detention of Committee to Protect Journalist's Angela Quintal and Muthoki Mumo.

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

On Thursday morning, the South African high commissioner will meet with the Tanzanian authorities to assess the situation.

"If they want to engage themselves in anything more than a normal visit then they have to request appropriate permits", spokesperson for Tanzania's immigration ministry Ally Mtanda is quoted to have said.

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. "Taken Away from Southern Sun Hotel", she posted.

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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. Their passports were also returned. We don't know why.

"We are concerned for the safety of our colleagues Angela Quintal and Muthoki Mumo, who were detained while legally visiting Tanzania", Joel Simon, CPJ's executive director said. The officials searched the pair's belongings and would not return their passports when asked. "They have been taken to an unknown location", read the tweet.

Reporters Without Borders, a pressure group, ranked Tanzania 93rd out of 180 countries worldwide in its 2018 World Press Freedom Index, down 10 places from the previous year.

Tanzanian Authorities took their passports upon arrest, and are yet to return them.

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