SA journo Angela Quintal, colleague "released" without passports

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A Kenyan Journalist Muthoki Mumo and South African counterpart Angela Quintal Twitter

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After "a very long night"‚ the department of worldwide 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.

South Africa's High Commissioner Thami Mseleku is meeting with the pair to discuss the details of their arrest.

Mumo is CPJ's Sub-Saharan Representative while Quintal is the African Program Coordinator at the organisation and previously was the Editor of Mail & Guardian. One of which is why Quintal and Mumo were detained, and why Tanzanian authorities still hold their passports.

In a post on her Facebook page, Quintal said: "SOS we are being taken away for interrogation in Dar". We don't know why.

Mabaya said their release came "after a lot of calls" but neither of the women had been given back their passport. "We call on the government of Tanzania to allow journalists to work freely and to allow those who defend their rights to access the country without interference". "We believe the arbitrary detention of journalists is a direct and unsafe threat to media freedom and access to information".

Officers who identified themselves as working with the Tanzanian immigration authority detained Quintal and Mumo when they arrived at their hotel room.

Angela Quintal and Muthoki Mumo were permitted to return to their hotel in Dar es Salaam after being taken to an unknown location and subjected to "several hours of questioning", according to a news release.

Reporters Without Borders, a pressure group, ranked Tanzania 93rd out of 180 countries worldwide in its 2018 World Press Freedom Index, down 10 places from the previous year.