Sanef says arrest of Angela Quintal and colleague worrying

Elias Hubbard
November 8, 2018

The Department of worldwide relations and cooperation says South African journalist Angela Quintal and a colleague returned to their hotel in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in the early hours of this morning.

Two press freedom advocates taken away from their hotel in Tanzania by security officers have been released, a South African government official said on Thursday.

"South Africa's High Commissioner Mr Thami Mseleku is meeting with them to discuss last night's [Wednesday] events".

"If they want to engage themselves in anything more than a normal visit then they have to request appropriate permits", spokesperson for Tanzania's immigration ministry Ally Mtanda is quoted to have said.

"We are concerned for the safety of our colleagues Angela Quintal and Muthoki Mumo, who were detained while legally visiting Tanzania", Joel Simon, CPJ's executive director said.

"We believe that the detention of journalists is a direct and unsafe threat to media freedom and access to information".

Mabaya said their release came "after a lot of calls" but neither of the women had been given back their passport.

CPJ believes that their colleagues' electronics might have been compromised since a tweet was sent from Quintal's account stating that they had been released but no one has contacted them directly from the organisation.

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

"Sanef calls on the Tanzanian authorities to return their passports as a matter of urgency and allow them to leave the country of their own free will". For now, Quintal and Mumo are well and will stay at their hotel, Mabaya said.

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