S. African gov't says detained journalist released in Tanzania

Source: Xinhua| 2018-11-08 18:42:56|Editor: mym
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CAPE TOWN, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- South African journalist Angela Quintal who was detained by Tanzanian police has been released, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) announced on Thursday.

Angela and her Kenyan colleague Muthoki Mumo were detained in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday evening while on a reporting mission for the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), an American independent non-profit and non-governmental organization.

According to the CPJ, the duo were arrested in their hotel room, had their passports confiscated and then were escorted to an unknown location.

The reason for their detention remains unknown.

Thami Mseleku, South African High Commissioner to Tazania, reportedly had protested the whole night.

Angela and Muthoki are safe and relieved that they are now with High Commissioner Mseleku, DIRCO spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mabaya said.

The High Commissioner and his Kenyan diplomats will continue to engage with Tanzanian authorities until their passports are returned and all the facts have been established around their arrest, Mabaya said.

"DIRCO will keep South Africans and the media fraternity informed of all developments," Mabaya said.