Tanzania frees CPJ staff Muthoki Mumo, Angela Quintal

Former Nation Journalist Muchoki Mumo

Former Nation Journalist Muchoki Mumo

Her colleague, Muthoki Mumo, is the Sub-Saharan Africa representative for C.P.J Africa.

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.

"Following a very long night by the high commissioner‚ the two journalists have been brought back to their hotel".

"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.

"Angela Quintal and Muthoki Mumo traveled to Tanzania to understand the challenges facing the Tanzanian press and to inform the global public", Committee to Protect Journalists executive director Joel Simon said in a statement.

Quintal is a respected South African journalist and former editor of the Mail and Guardian newspaper‚ now working for the media freedom group based in America.

In a media statement released by the Dirco, the high commissioner of South Africa in Tanzania, Thami Mseleku, informed Minister Lindiwe Sisulu that the passports of Quintal and Mumo had been returned.

Mabaya said she was unable to locate it and her Twitter and Facebook profiles remain deactivated.

"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. We believe the arbitrary detention of journalists is a direct and risky threat to media freedom and access to information". "They have been taken to an unknown location", read the tweet.

While they are no longer in custody, Mabaya said Tanzanian authorities have their passports.

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