Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Former Nation journalist Muthoki Mumo, Angela Quintal detained in Tanzania

Kenyan journalist Muthoki Mumo and CPJ Africa Program Coordinator Angela Quintal who were arrested in Dar es Salaam on November 7. /COURTESY Kenyan journalist Muthoki Mumo and CPJ Africa Program Coordinator Angela Quintal who were arrested in Dar es Salaam on November 7. /COURTESY
Patty Aguilar | 08 November, 2018, 21:42

The Department of global 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.

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

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.

"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. "Dirco spokesperson, Mr Ndivhuwo Mabaya, spoke to Ms Quintal this morning", the SA Foreign ministry said in a tweet on Thursday", Dirco tweeted.

Both Quintal and Mumo's social media accounts have since been deactivated.

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

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"The tweet by @angelaquintal was not sent by her", wrote Quintal's niece Genevieve Quintal, also a journalist.

"SOS we are being taken away for interrogation in Dar".

"We need to understand the circumstances".

Earlier on, Quintal's sister Genevieve Quintal faulted information shared through her Twitter account, saying that it was shared by Tanzanian police. The officials searched the pair's belongings and would not return their passports when asked, according to Quintal.

The two were on a reporting mission missing in the country.

"Quintal and Mumo were then escorted from the hotel and have been taken to an unknown location‚" said the CPJ.

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