SA journalists freed in Tanzania, minus their passports
TANZANIA - The former Mail & Guardian editor suffered a traumatic night after being detained for reasons yet unknown.
South African journalist and editor Angela Quintal – now Africa Programme Coordinator at the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) – and her colleague Muthoki Mumo, the sub-Saharan Africa representative for CPJ Africa, have been released in Tanzania following a ‘high-level intervention’ by the department of international relations and cooperation (Dirco).
Dirco spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mabaya said the two were in high spirits but it was a a serious issue and they were still without their passports.
This was confirmed by a family spokesperson.
“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,” said CPJ executive director Joel Simon in a statement.
“The officials searched the pair’s belongings and would not return their passports when asked. Quintal and Mu mo were then escorted from the hotel and had been taken to an unknown location. News24
FREED?: CPJ sub-Saharan Africa Representative Muthoki Mumo and Africa Programme Coordinator Angela Quintal in Dar es Salaam.