Published: Thu, November 08, 2018

Tanzanian authorities detain media activists - CPJ

Tanzanian authorities detain media activists - CPJ

Quintal, the Africa program coordinator at the Committee to Protect Journalists, and Mumo, the organization's sub-Saharan Africa representative, were in Tanzania for a reporting mission.

"It is unclear whether the Tanzanian authorities have taken Quintal's phone".

"After approximately five hours, Quintal and Mumo were then returned to their Dar es Salaam hotel, at around 3am - but without their passports".

Muthoki Mumo and colleague Angela Quintal who were arrested yesterday in Tanzania have benn released and are now at the South African embassy in Tanzania.

Soon after their detention, an uncharacteristic tweet was sent from Quintal's Twitter account - reading "God is great we are released going back to our hotel" - raising fears that someone had accessed her electronic devices.


Ms Muthoki Mumo, a former Nation reporter, and her CPJ colleague Ms Angela Quintal were detained on Wednesday in their hotel room in Dar es Salaam and then taken to an undisclosed location by people who identified themselves as immigration officials. "The high commissioner, [Thami] Mseleku, is meeting with them to understand the events of last night‚" department spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mabaya said.

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

Two Committee to Protect Journalists staffers have been released from detention in Tanzania and have left the country, the organization announced Thursday.

In a post on her Facebook page, Quintal said: "SOS we are being taken away for interrogation in Dar".

Press freedom has come under attack in Tanzania under the administration of President John Magufuli.

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