Press freedom advocates released after detention in Tanzania

Lester Mason
November 8, 2018

"Sanef calls on government to quickly resolve the worrying detention of South African journalist Angela Quintal and her colleague‚ Muthoki Mumo‚" Sanef chair Mahlatse Gallens said.

Quintal is Africa programme co-ordinator at the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), and Muthoki Mumo is CPJ's sub-Saharan Africa representative.

A South African journalist and her colleague were subjected to an interrogation at the hands of Tanzanian authorities on Wednesday night. 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.

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

The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) called on the government to find answers as to why Quintal and her Kenyan colleague were detained in Tanzania.

Mabaya said she was unable to locate it and her Twitter and Facebook profiles remain deactivated. "We believe the arbitrary detention of journalists is a direct and risky threat to media freedom and access to information". They were released on Thursday morning but are yet to get their passports back.

The officials - reportedly from Tanzania Immigration authority are said to have searched the pair's belongings and would not return their passports when asked. "Quintal and Mumo were then escorted from the hotel and. taken to an unknown location".

Reporters Without Borders, a pressure group, ranked Tanzania 93rd out of 180 countries worldwide in its 2018 World Press Freedom Index, down 10 places from the previous year.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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