The officials searched the pair's belongings and confiscated their passports. The two CPJ staff members have now safely left Tanzania. "It is deeply ironic that through their unjustified and abusive detention of our colleagues, Tanzanian authorities have made their work that much easier".
New York, November 8, 2018-The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed the release of Angela Quintal, CPJ's Africa program coordinator, and Muthoki Mumo, CPJ's sub-Saharan Africa representative, from detention in Tanzania and called for Tanzanian authorities to halt their ongoing crackdown against a free press.
Quintal is a respected South African journalist and former editor of the Mail and Guardian newspaper‚ now working for the media freedom group based in America.
Following an worldwide outcry, including from the US State Department, and the intervention of the Department for global Relations and Cooperation (Dirco), their passports were returned and the women were allowed to leave the country.
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It is also unclear whether Tanzanian authorities have Quintal's cellphone, after a number of her social media profiles were deactivated on Wednesday evening.
He added that both women were now at the South African embassy in Tanzania's economic capital Dar-es-Salaam. "We call on the authorities to immediately release them and return their passports", he added.
Soon after their detention, an uncharacteristic tweet was sent from Quintal's Twitter account - reading "God is great we are released going back to our hotel" - raising fears that someone had accessed her electronic devices. For now, Quintal and Mumo are well and will stay at their hotel, Mabaya said.
"We are concerned for the safety of our colleagues Angela Quintal and Muthoki Mumo, who were detained while legally visiting Tanzania", Joel Simon, CPJ's executive director said. Both of their Twitter accounts remained suspended at the time of publication. "The United States remains committed to the values of democracy, rule of law, freedom of expression, and prosperity in Tanzania".