Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Detained SA journalists "returned to hotel"

Detained SA journalists

Quintal is the Africa programme coordinator at the Committee to Protect Journalists and Mumo is the Sub-Saharan Africa representative for the press freedom NGO.

Angela Quintal and Muthoki Mumo were permitted to return to their hotel in Dar es Salaam after being taken to an unknown location and subjected to "several hours of questioning", according to a news release.

The Twitter accounts of two have been suspended, leading to confusion whether Ms Mumo and the former Mail & Guardian editor Quintal have been released.

The South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) has called on government to put pressure on its Tanzanian counterparts to get answers on why journalists Angela Quintal and Muthoki Mumo were detained in the country.

Soon after their detention, an uncharacteristic tweet was sent from Quintal's Twitter account - reading "God is great we are released going back to our hotel" - raising fears that someone had accessed her electronic devices.

Giving details on their arrest‚ Gallens said: "After approximately five hours‚ Quintal and Mumo were then returned to their Dar es Salaam hotel at around 3am - but without their passports".

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

Quintal tweeted before 1am on Tuesday morning that she and her colleague had been released.

"We need to understand the circumstances".

This after appealing for help on social media, saying they had been taken for interrogation by the Tanzanian authorities. As the International Press Institute reported in August: "Press freedom in Tanzania has drifted into an unprecedented crisis under Magufuli's regime".

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