Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

U.S. says 'closely following' on journalists held in Tanzania

U.S. says 'closely following' on journalists held in Tanzania

The Department of worldwide 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.

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

The South African High Commissioner to Dar es Salaam will meet with the journalists on Thursday to establish whether their passports have been returned to them.

"We continue to engage with our Government of Tanzania counterparts on a wide range of issues, including those related to human rights", the State Department said in a statement. "DIRCO spokesperson, Mr Ndivhuwo Mabaya, spoke to Ms Quintal this morning", the SA Foreign ministry tweeted on Thursday.

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A message from Quintal's Twitter account revealed that the two had been taken for interrogations but their accounts have since been suspended.

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. We don't know why. "Details and reasons for the detention are still not clear".

Officers who identified themselves as working with the Tanzanian immigration authority detained Quintal and Mumo in their hotel room‚ according to Quintal. For now, Quintal and Mumo are well and will stay at their hotel, Mabaya said. "We call on the authorities to immediately release them and return their passports", he added.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), through its Twitter account, called on the Tanzanian authorities to immediately release the two members of the committee and return their passports.

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