State Department 'closely following' 2 journalists held in Tanzania

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 8, 2018

It is now abundantly clear to anyone who followed the latest developments that Tanzanian journalists work in a climate of fear of intimidation.

The two were on a reporting mission missing in the country.

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

After "a very long night"‚ the department of global relations and co-operation on Thursday confirmed that South African journalist Angela Quintal and colleague Muthoki Mumo had been released after being detained by authorities in Tanzania.

Sanef has called on Tanzanian authorities to return Mumo and Quintal's passports as "a matter of urgency" and allow them to leave the country at their own free will, saying, "We need to urgently find out the reasons behind this detention". For now, Quintal and Mumo are well and will stay at their hotel, Mabaya said. "The Kenyan High Commission is also following up the case".

Former Mail & Guardian editor Angela Quintal is safe and is back at her hotel after being detained by Tanzanian authorities on Wednesday night, the Department of International Relations has confirmed.

Mumo is CPJ's Sub-Saharan Representative while Quintal is the African Program Coordinator at the organisation and previously was the Editor of Mail & Guardian. The officials took their passports, phones and computers.

"After arresting them and educating them, we released them the same day..."

"We continue to engage with our Government of Tanzania counterparts on a wide range of issues, including those related to human rights", the State Department said in a statement Wednesday. "The United States remains committed to the values of democracy, rule of law, freedom of expression, and prosperity in Tanzania".

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