Tanzania frees top officials of global press rights group, CPJ

Leroy Wright
November 9, 2018

This is according to department of global relations and cooperation spokesperson (Dirco) Ndivhuwo Mabaya.

CPJ believes that their colleagues' electronics might have been compromised since a tweet was sent from Quintal's account stating that they had been released but no one has contacted them directly from the organisation.

The department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) says it is engaging with the Tanzanian government to get it to return the passports of South African journalist Angela Quintal and her Kenyan colleague Muthoki Mumo, who were detained by law enforcement in Tanzania.

"If they want to engage themselves in anything more than a normal visit then they have to request appropriate permits", spokesperson for Tanzania's immigration ministry Ally Mtanda is quoted to have said.

Sub-Saharan Africa representative Muthoki Mumo and Africa Programme coordinator Angela Quintal who are detained in Tanzania.

"It is now abundantly clear to anyone who followed the latest developments that Tanzanian journalists work in a climate of fear of intimidation, " he said.

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The immigration said the journalists were allowed back to their hotel after questioning, however, their travel documents were seized.

He said that "if they were intending to hold meetings with journalists, then they should have contacted the relevant authorities before they started doing those activities". They were eventually released by the authorities to their hotel in Dar es Salaam but their passports were withheld.

Rights groups and media advocates have expressed concerns about the freedom of expression in the country.

The CPJ journalists wanted to know what steps had been taken by the media in the search for Anzory, a journalist for Mwananchi Communications Limited who "disappeared" months ago.

Sisulu has asked that Mseleku gather all facts around Quintal and Mumo's detention.

CPJ accused the authorities of sending a false tweet from Quintal's personal account saying that they had been released and making several attempts to access her email account.

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