Friday, 16 November, 2018

SA journalist Angela Quintal released along with Muthoki Mumo

Muthoki CPJ calls on Tanzania authorities to release staff Angela Quintal and Muthoki Mumo
Pablo Mccormick | 08 November, 2018, 21:43

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.

Mumo is CPJ's Sub-Saharan Representative while Quintal is the African Program Coordinator at the organisation and previously was the Editor of Mail & Guardian.

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

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The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) on Thursday called on the worldwide relations department to ensure local journalist Angela Quintal and her colleague Muthoki Mumo's passports were returned immediately.

On Thursday morning, the South African high commissioner will meet with the Tanzanian authorities to assess the situation. He will then engage Tanzanian authorities.

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.

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

"We need to understand the circumstances. We believe the arbitrary detention of journalists is a direct and risky threat to media freedom and access to information". For now, Quintal and Mumo are well and will stay at their hotel, Mabaya said.

The Tanzanian government spokesman however said that they were arrested because they wanted to establish how the two entered the country. "We call on the authorities to immediately release them and return their passports", he added.

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