Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

SA journalist Angela Quintal detained in Tanzania

SA journalist Angela Quintal detained in Tanzania

The pair, who work for the Committee to Protect Journalists, have since been released.

The Tanzanian government spokesman however said that they were arrested because they wanted to establish how the two entered the country.

The Department of worldwide relations and cooperation says South African journalist Angela Quintal and a colleague returned to their hotel in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in the early hours of this morning.

"We need to understand the circumstances".

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"Quintal and Mumo were then escorted from the hotel and have been taken to an unknown location‚" said the CPJ.

"After approximately five hours, Quintal and Mumo were then returned to their Dar es Salaam hotel, at around 3am - but without their passports".

"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.

Tanzanian authorities have released CPJ sub-Saharan Africa Representative Muthoki Mumo and Africa Program Coordinator Angela Quintal in Dar es Salaam.

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A South African news site, News24, reported that a tweet had been sent from Ms Quintal's account appearing to allay fears by confirming that she and Ms Mumo had been released but her family claimed that someone else may have been in possession of her phone.

"After arresting them and educating them, we released them the same day..." Both of their Twitter accounts remained suspended at the time of publication. "The United States remains committed to the values of democracy, rule of law, freedom of expression, and prosperity in Tanzania".

It is also unclear whether Tanzanian authorities have Quintal's cellphone, after a number of her social media profiles were deactivated on Wednesday evening.

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