South African journalist Angela Quintal freed‚ after night in detention 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

But her family took to social media to state that the message was not sent by Quintal while the CPJ called on Tanzanian authorities to immediately release its staffers. "They were supposed to get a separate permit for that", he said. It is now abundantly clear to anyone who followed the latest developments that Tanzanian journalists work in a climate of fear of intimidation.

Following an worldwide outcry, including from the US State Department, and the intervention of the Department for global Relations and Cooperation (Dirco), their passports were returned and the women were allowed to leave the country.

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Tanzania released two staff members of the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Thursday, a day after they were detained, and their passports seized, the South African Foreign Ministry said.

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. "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". "The Kenyan High Commission is also following up the case".

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According to a statement released by CPJ: "Officers who identified themselves as working with the Tanzanian immigration authority detained Quintal and Mumo in their hotel room in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, this evening, according to Quintal".

The pair, Angela Quintal - CPJ's Africa program coordinator, and Muthoki Mumo - its sub-Saharan Africa representative were detained in their hotel rooms in Dar es Salaam, Quintal said. "We continued holding their passports for some time but we have already returned the documents back to them", he stressed. Both of their Twitter accounts remained suspended at the time of publication.

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"It is unclear whether the Tanzanian authorities have taken Quintal's phone". "The United States remains committed to the values of democracy, rule of law, freedom of expression, and prosperity in Tanzania".

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