Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

State Department 'closely following' 2 journalists held in Tanzania

State Department 'closely following' 2 journalists held in Tanzania

Quintal is Africa programme co-ordinator at the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), and Muthoki Mumo is CPJ's sub-Saharan Africa representative.

The reporters were then escorted from the hotel and have been taken to an unknown location.

"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 Wednesday.

Both Quintal and Mumo's social media accounts have since been deactivated.

After "a very long night"‚ the department of global relations and co-operation on Thursday confirmed that South African journalist Angela Quintal and colleague Muthoki Mumo had been released after being detained by authorities in Tanzania.

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.

The duo was returned to their Dar es Salaam hotel early on Thursday morning after being detained by Tanzanian authorities for five hours on Thursday night for undisclosed reasons.

Quintal tweeted before 1am on Tuesday morning that she and her colleague had been released.

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Mabaya said she was unable to locate it and her Twitter and Facebook profiles remain deactivated.

The two were on a reporting mission missing in the country.

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 understand the circumstances".

CPJ's executive director Joel Simon has called for their immediate release.

Press freedom has come under attack in Tanzania under the administration of President John Magufuli.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more details emerge.

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