Angela Quintal: SA journalist released after dubious detention in Tanzania

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A Kenyan Journalist Muthoki Mumo and South African counterpart Angela Quintal Twitter

Quintal is Africa programme co-ordinator at the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), and Muthoki Mumo is CPJ's sub-Saharan Africa representative. For now, Quintal and Mumo are well and will stay at their hotel, Mabaya said.

"He will then proceed to engage the Tanzania authority".

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

A South African news site, News24, reported that a tweet had been sent from Ms Quintal's account appearing to allay fears by confirming that she and Ms Mumo had been released but her family claimed that someone else may have been in possession of her phone. They were released on Thursday morning but are yet to get their passports back.

In a media statement released by the Dirco, the high commissioner of South Africa in Tanzania, Thami Mseleku, informed Minister Lindiwe Sisulu that the passports of Quintal and Mumo had been returned.

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

Quintal, a former Mail & Guardian editor, and Mumo were detained on Wednesday night by officers reportedly working with the Tanzanian immigration authority.

Mabaya said she was unable to locate it and her Twitter and Facebook profiles remain deactivated. They were in the country on a reporting mission for CPJ, the body said in a statement.

A message from Quintal's Twitter account revealed that the two had been taken for interrogations but their accounts have since been suspended. We need to urgently find out the reasons behind this detention. "One paper made a decision to suspend publication itself after publishing a story it feared might irritate officials.There have also been more violent incidences of harassment".

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