SA journo Angela Quintal, colleague "released" without passports
SA journo Angela Quintal, colleague "released" without passports
Kenyan journalist Muthoki Mumo and CPJ Africa Program Coordinator Angela Quintal who were arrested in Dar es Salaam on November 7. /COURTESY
09 November, 2018, 13:02
Following an global outcry and negative media headlines in the wake of the arrest of South African journalists, Angela Quintal and Muthoki Mumo from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the Tanzanian authorities have attempted to justify their detention claiming the two misrepresented their intentions for visiting Tanzania, the Nation reported Friday.
"Immigration spokesperson Ally Mtanda told The Citizen that the department had arrested the two journalists and questioned them, saying, "...they arrived in the country on October 31, 2018 through the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) in Dar es Salaam and they said the goal of their trip was normal visit".
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.
They were detained by Tanzanian authorities on Wednesday night for reasons that remain unclear.
Speaking to News24 on Thursday morning, spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mabaya said that while there is still much uncertainty about her detention, she and her colleague, Muthoki Mumo were returned to their Dar es Salaam hotel at around 03:00 on Thursday.
Quintal tweeted before 1am on Tuesday morning that she and her colleague had been released. We don't know why.
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 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.
He added that both women were now at the South African embassy in Tanzania's economic capital Dar-es-Salaam.
Quintal and Mumo were then escorted from the hotel and have been taken to an unknown location. "We call on the authorities to immediately release them and return their passports", he added.
"After arresting them and educating them, we released them the same day..." According to the Tanzania Editors Forum (TEF), at least five newspapers and two radio stations have been suspended for periods ranging from three to 36 months on pretexts including "false information", "sedition" and "threatening national security".
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