Sanef says arrest of Angela Quintal and colleague worrying

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

Muthoki Mumo and colleague Angela Quintal who were arrested yesterday in Tanzania have benn released and are now at the South African embassy in Tanzania.

Among the issues is why Quintal and Mumo were detained, and why the authorities still held their passports.

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

Simon commended the attention brought to the case by "journalists, media and press freedom organizations, and government officials", and noted that the South African and Kenyan governments were of particular assistance.

The duo was returned to their Dar es Salaam hotel early on Thursday morning after being detained by Tanzanian authorities for five hours on Thursday night for undisclosed reasons.

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The two, who work for the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) were arrested by Tanzanian immigration authorities after being in the country for reporting missions. The officials took their passports, phones and computers.

In a press statement released on Thursday, the South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) said Quintal and Mumo were taken in for questioning and detained in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday evening.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, "a false tweet saying they had been released was sent from Quintal's personal Twitter account and repeated attempts were made to access Quintal's email". He will then engage Tanzanian authorities.

Since his election three years ago, Tanzania's President John Magufuli has cracked down on independent media, closing down critical newspapers, while rights groups have protested against the imposition of restrictive laws on freedom of expression.

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