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Angela Quintal: SA journalist released after dubious detention in Tanzania

Angela Quintal: SA journalist released after dubious detention in Tanzania

The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) said it was disturbed to learn of the brief detention of Committee to Protect Journalist's Angela Quintal and Muthoki Mumo.

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

South Africa's high commissioner in Tanzania was due to meet with Tanzanian authorities on Thursday.

"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.

However, on Thursday morning, Ndhivo Mabaya, spokesman for South Africa's foreign ministry, told AFP that "they were both released". Their passports were also returned.

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A South African news site, News24, reported that a tweet had been sent from Ms Quintal's account before it was suspended appearing to allay fears by confirming that she and Ms Mumo had been released but her family claimed that someone else may have been in possession of her phone. We don't know why.

According to a statement released by CPJ: "Officers who identified themselves as working with the Tanzanian immigration authority detained Quintal and Mumo in their hotel room in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, this evening, according to Quintal. Details and reasons for the detention are still not clear".

Tanzanian Authorities took their passports upon arrest, and are yet to return them. "Quintal and Mumo were then escorted from the hotel and. taken to an unknown location".

"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".