De­tained jour­nal­ists free to leave Tan­za­nia

The Herald (South Africa) - - News - Nom­ahlubi Jor­daan

South African jour­nal­ist An­gela Quin­tal and her Kenyan col­league, Muthoki Mumo‚ who were de­tained by law en­force­ment in Tan­za­nia‚ have been given their pass­ports back.

“The High Com­mis­sioner of South Africa in Tan­za­nia‚ Mr Thami Mse­leku‚ has in­formed the min­is­ter of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions‚ Lindiwe Sisulu‚ that pass­ports of a South African jour­nal­ist and that of her Kenyan col­league have been re­turned‚” the depart­ment of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions said on Thurs­day.

It said Quin­tal and Mumo had been re­leased fol­low­ing their de­ten­tion on Wed­nes­day.

Mse­leku was in­structed by Sisulu to gather all the facts around their de­ten­tion and re­port to Pre­to­ria by the end of Thurs­day.

“Fol­low­ing meet­ings with the Tan­za­nian au­thor­i­ties this morn­ing‚ the high com­mis­sioner has in­di­cated that the two jour­nal­ists are now free to leave Tan­za­nia,” the depart­ment said.

Quin­tal and Mumo are in Tan­za­nia on a re­port­ing mis­sion for the Com­mit­tee to Pro­tect Jour­nal­ists (CPJ).

The SA Na­tional Ed­i­tors’ Fo­rum called on the govern­ment to find an­swers as to why the two had been de­tained in Tan­za­nia.

“We be­lieve the ar­bi­trary de­ten­tion of jour­nal­ists is a di­rect and dan­ger­ous threat to me­dia free­dom and ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion,” Sanef chair Mahlatse Gal­lens said.

PASS­PORTS RE­TURNED: SA jour­nal­ist An­gela Quin­tal, right, and her Kenyan col­league, Muthoki Mumo

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