Dirco confirms release of former M&G editor, colleague

  • Dirco confirms release of former M&G editor, colleague

Dirco confirms release of former M&G editor, colleague

Late Wednesday, authorities in Tanzania detained two top officials of the United States - based Committee to Protect Journalists, CPJ.

Giving details on their arrest‚ Gallens said: "After approximately five hours‚ Quintal and Mumo were then returned to their Dar es Salaam hotel at around 3am - but without their passports".

The Twitter accounts of two staff of Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) who were detained by Tanzanian authorities have been suspended, leading to confusion whether the former Nation reporter Muthoki Mumo and former Mail & Guardian editor Angela Quintal have been released.

Quintal tweeted before 1am on Tuesday morning that she and her colleague had been released.

In a press statement released on Thursday, the South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) said Quintal and Mumo were taken in for questioning and detained in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday evening. "They have been taken to an unknown location", read the tweet.

The duo were arrested in their hotel room in Dar es Salaam and had their passports confiscated.

Mabaya said their release came "after a lot of calls" but neither of the women had been given back their passport.

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

"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. They were in the country on a mission for CPJ.

Recently, Nanjala Nyabola, a political scientist, also raised alarm over the passage of an amendment to Tanzania's national statistics law, imposing criminal penalties for anyone who publishes information that challenges the government's statistics.