Journalist Muthoki Mumo & Angela Quintal Arrested in Tanzania

Journalist Muthoki Mumo & Angela Quintal Arrested in Tanzania

The two staffers were detained in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday evening.

The pair, Angela Quintal - CPJ's Africa program coordinator, and Muthoki Mumo - its sub-Saharan Africa representative were detained in their hotel rooms in Dar es Salaam, Quintal said.

The Department of global relations and cooperation says South African journalist Angela Quintal and a colleague returned to their hotel in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in the early hours of this morning.

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

The officials - reportedly from Tanzania Immigration authority are said to have searched the pair's belongings and would not return their passports when asked. For now, Quintal and Mumo are well and will stay at their hotel, Mabaya said.

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While they are no longer in custody, Mabaya said Tanzanian authorities have their passports.

The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) called on the government to find answers as to why Quintal and her Kenyan colleague were detained in Tanzania. "This shows someone is using her account".

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

Two Committee to Protect Journalists staffers have been released from detention in Tanzania and have left the country, the organization announced Thursday. "The United States remains committed to the values of democracy, rule of law, freedom of expression, and prosperity in Tanzania".

The new regulation gives the government the right to revoke the permit if a website publishes content "that leads to public disorder" and "threatens national security".

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