SA journalist Angela Quintal detained in Tanzania

SA journalist Angela Quintal detained in Tanzania

SA journalist Angela Quintal detained in Tanzania

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.

South Africa's Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) said the two journalists are back in their hotel.

Other freedoms are also under pressure, with a powerful Dar-es-Salaam official last week announcing an anti-gay witch-hunt to track down people suspected of engaging in homosexuality, which is illegal in Tanzania under British colonial-era laws. "Dirco spokesperson, Mr Ndivhuwo Mabaya, spoke to Ms Quintal this morning", the SA Foreign ministry said in a tweet on Thursday", Dirco tweeted. "Taken Away from Southern Sun Hotel", she posted.

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Quintal tweeted before 1am on Tuesday morning that she and her colleague had been released. Quintal and Mumo's passports were confiscated and were yet to be returned.

A message from Quintal's Twitter account revealed that the two had been taken for interrogations but their accounts have since been suspended. We don't know why.

Quintal, a former Mail & Guardian editor, and Mumo were detained on Wednesday night by officers reportedly working with the Tanzanian immigration authority.

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Sanef has called on Tanzanian authorities to return Mumo and Quintal's passports as "a matter of urgency" and allow them to leave the country at their own free will, saying, "We need to urgently find out the reasons behind this detention".

Angela Quintal and Muthoki Mumo were permitted to return to their hotel in Dar es Salaam after being taken to an unknown location and subjected to "several hours of questioning", according to a news release.

While they are no longer in custody, Mabaya said Tanzanian authorities have their passports. They were in the country on a mission for CPJ.

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