SA jour­nal­ists freed in Tan­za­nia, mi­nus their pass­ports

Swazi Observer - - NEWS -

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.

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