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09 November 2018, 01:01 | Devin Moran
Former Mail & Guardian Editor Angela Quintal
The officials searched the pair's belongings and would not return their passports when asked.
Sanef has called on Tanzanian authorities to return Mumo and Quintal's passports as "a matter of urgency" and allow them to leave the country at their own free will, saying, "We need to urgently find out the reasons behind this detention". The two CPJ staff members have now safely left Tanzania.
"It is now abundantly clear to anyone who followed the latest developments that Tanzanian journalists work in a climate of fear of intimidation", said Joel Simon, CPJ's executive director.
Former Mail & Guardian editor Angela Quintal and her Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) colleague Muthoki Mumo were released by Tanzanian authorities around 3am on Thursday morning, and their travel documents has been returned to them.
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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".
"Angela Quintal and Muthoki Mumo travelled to Tanzania to understand the challenges facing the Tanzanian press and to inform the global public", said the CPJ boss.
Quintal works as the CPJ's Africa programme coordinator while Mumo is the group's sub-Saharan Africa representative. He will then engage Tanzanian authorities.
Quintal, a South African citizen, and Mumo, a Kenyan, were detained in their Dar es Salaam hotel room by immigration officers and taken to an unknown location in the country's commercial capital, according to the CPJ.
Both of their social media accounts were suspended after the dubious post on Quintal's account.
Since his election three years ago, Tanzania's President John Magufuli has cracked down on independent media, closing down critical newspapers, while rights groups have protested against the imposition of restrictive laws on freedom of expression.
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