Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Tanzania reveals why it detained CPJ staff

Tanzania reveals why it detained CPJ staff

A viral social media demand for their release kick started through to Thursday when they were released. "They were supposed to get a separate permit for that", he said.

According to a statement released by CPJ, the two, who were legally visiting the country, were approached by officers who then identified themselves as working with Tanzania, searched their belongings and took away their passports.

The two were freed on Thursday into the hands of South Africa's diplomatic mission, South Africa's foreign ministry said in a statement.

There were concerns after it emerged that South African journalist Angela Quintal, Africa programme coordinator for press freedom group the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), and her Kenyan colleague Muthoki Mumo had been detained by authorities on Wednesday evening without explanation.

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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.

Immigration spokesperson Ally Mtanda told The Citizen that the department had arrested the two journalists and questioned them, saying, "they arrived in the country on October 31, 2018 through the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) in Dar es Salaam and they said the objective of their trip was normal visit".

Tanzanian Immigration Department spokesperson Ali Mtanda said Angela Quintal and Muthoki Mumo were arrested for violating the terms of their visas by holding meetings with local journalists.

A few hours earlier, Quintal sent out an SOS on both Facebook and Twitter saying she and Mumo were being taken to an unknown location for interrogation. For now, Quintal and Mumo are well and will stay at their hotel, Mabaya said. "The United States remains committed to the values of democracy, rule of law, freedom of expression, and prosperity in Tanzania".

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